The Nigerian forward completed a €70m move from Lille to Napoli in 2020 becoming the most expensive African player of all time.
“It all started like a dream, a boyhood dream from the slum,” the 22-year-old said in an interview with his compatriot Paul Troost-Ekong on Youtube.
“I wanted to become a professional player, inspired by a lot of big legends like Didier Drogba, Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi and many others.
“I feel like I have achieved this feat, it’s one of my biggest achievements in life,” the former striker added.
“When I was growing up I was cleaning the gutters for 20 Naira, for my landlord and did some cleaning jobs for my neighbours close to my hours, fetch the water for 80 Naria I think.
“I found pleasure in doing these things because I believe when I worked so hard to get this money it was important for me, I had consciousness on how to spend this money and help my family".