Cameroon Legend Samuel Eto’o Gives His Personal Opinion on Okocha and Ronaldinho Debate

Cameroon Legend Samuel Eto’o Gives His Personal Opinion on Okocha and Ronaldinho Debate

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:09 PM
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  • Samuel Eto’o has showered praises on Super Eagles legend Jay Jay Okocha for his exploits during his active days
  • Eto’o, who played alongside Ronaldinho at FC Barcelona, hinted that the Brazilian learned from the Nigerian
  • The FECAFOOT boss added that it is an injustice to football as Okocha did not get the deserved recognition

Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o did not find it funny that Super Eagles legend Jay Jay Okocha did not get the deserved recognition during his playing days.

The FECAFOOT president believes Okocha deserved much more following his exploits for the Nigerian national team as well as the clubs he played for.

Eto’o insisted that Okocha remains one of the most skilful footballers ever and wondered how the midfield maestro never won the coveted CAF Player of the Year Award.

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Samuel Eto’o says Okocha deserved the same recognition as Ronaldinho. Photo: Manuel Velasquez
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The former Barcelona man who played alongside Ronaldinho at the Catalan club emphasised that the Nigerian superstar was more skilful.

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He went on to say that what the world saw Ronaldinho, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2005, do during his peak days, Okocha did it more than a decade earlier.

Eto’o said via Onvoitout:

"It is the injustice of world football. What we saw Ronaldinho do a few years ago, Jay-Jay [Okocha] had done 10 or 15 years before and he never had the recognition of others. And that's what happens when it comes to Africa."

Okocha was part of the Super Eagles squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994, and he also inspired the team to win Africa's first Olympic gold in Atlanta in 1996 with his dazzling skill.

GOAL reports that Jay Jay Okocha was among those who mentored Ronaldinho as the Brazilian superstar went on to win several awards.

How Okocha embarrassed Antonio Conte during a UCL game

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Jay Jay Okocha had a filled day during a Champions League game between Turkish club Fenerbahce and Italian giants Juventus.

Conte, who captained the Serie A side during the game, had more than enough to handle as Okocha delivered a masterclass throughout 90 minutes.

Photos of the 1996-1997 Champions League match have now gone viral on the internet as magical Jay Jay sends Conte to the grass.

Ndidi praises Mikel Obi

Sports Brief earlier reported that Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has lauded Mikel Obi for his achievements during his time with English Premier League club Chelsea. Ndidi stated that he always looked up to the former Chelsea No.12, who was part of the Blues squad that won the coveted Champions League in 2012.

Mikel also won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one Community Shield, one Football League Cup, and one Europa League title during his time with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.