Victor Osimhen was on target for Lille in their 2-1 win over Angers.
The Nigerian forward became the first player to score five goals in his first five games after Balotelli.
Osimhen also grabbed his first Super Eagles goal in their 2-2 draw against Ukraine this month.
Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen scored his fifth French League goal in Lille’s 2-1 win over Angers at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on Friday.
The 20-year-old former Wolfsburg forward opened scoring for Christophe Galtier’s side six minutes to the end of the first 45 minutes from a close range effort.
Osimhen, who scored 12 goals in 25 appearances for Belgian side Royal Charleroi benefited from a poor save from the opponent’s goalkeeper to tap his team ahead in the 39th minute.
5 – Victor Osimhen est devenu le premier joueur à inscrire 5 buts ou plus lors de ses 5 premiers matches de Ligue 1 depuis Mario Balotelli en septembre-octobre 2016 (6). Costaud. @losclive #LOSCSCO pic.twitter.com/UpYzK5Hp24
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) September 13, 2019
Luiz Araujo then doubled the hosts’ lead in the 53rd minute while Stephane Bahoken’s goal in the 87th minute ended up mere consolation for the visitors.
Meanwhile, the victory means Lille are currently third on the French League table until the remaining matches are concluded later this weekend.
The Nigeria international has however equaled Mario Balotelli’s record after scoring five goals in his first five French League matches.
Balotelli set the record between September and October 2016, but the former youth international could set a new one if he scores in his side’s next game against Rennes.
Osimhen bagged his first international goal for his country’s senior national team in their 2-2 draw against Ukraine in an international friendly earlier this week.
Game in, Game out.
Victor Osimhen is on the scoresheet again. This time it's for Lille. https://t.co/ukqvBSxpwV
— Tuka Letura (@TukaLetura) September 13, 2019
He is also expected to lead Lille’s attack when they face Ajax in the UEFA Champions League clash next week.
Our Agency earlier reported that Victor Osihmen scored his third and fourth goal of the season for his new club Lille in their 3-0 victory over Saint-Etienne in a Ligue 1 game played in midweek.
The win moved Lille to fourth on the table behind French champions Paris Saint-Germain with two wins out of three matches.
Osimhen came in for former Chelsea striker Loic Remy who picked up an injury in the 17 minute and the rest is history for the prolific striker.