When Ronaldo’s Mesmerizing Stepovers Left ‘Dribbling Magician’ Jay Jay Okocha in Awe: Video

When Ronaldo’s Mesmerizing Stepovers Left ‘Dribbling Magician’ Jay Jay Okocha in Awe: Video

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at October 12, 2023 at 6:08 PM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time
  • More often than not, Ronaldo's dribbling skills are underestimated
  • An old video circulating on the internet has spotlighted why CR7 excels in dribbling as much as he does in scoring

Cristiano Ronaldo is destined to be remembered as one of football's greatest goal-scorers, supported by an array of accolades that affirm this claim.

He currently holds a multitude of goal-scoring records, including Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer and the highest scorer in men's international football.

However, conversations regarding Ronaldo's exceptional dribbling skills are frequently eclipsed.

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Cristiano Ronaldo outshined Jay Jay Okocha when Manchester United crossed paths with Bolton back in December 2005. Photos by Matthew Peters/Getty Images and @goal/Twitter
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Is Ronaldo good at dribbling?

Surprisingly, the Portuguese sensation burst onto the scene as a winger, known for his blistering speed and an array of tricks, prominently his trademark stepovers.

He was a genuine nightmare for defenders, leaving them in disarray with his lightning pace and skill set, which allowed him to weave through teams as if they were mere illusions, per GOAL.

However, a pivotal moment occurred when former Nigerian international Jay-Jay Okocha, widely hailed as one of the sport's greatest dribblers, crossed paths with a young Cristiano during a match between Manchester United and Bolton.

Okocha, renowned for his ability to gracefully navigate past defenders, confronted a budding Ronaldo in a compelling contest that would determine who would emerge triumphant with their dribbling skills in December 2005.

Ronaldo shows Okocha who's king of dribbling

The match concluded with Ronaldo's Man United securing a dominant 4-1 victory against Okocha's Bolton, BBC reports.

Ronaldo was instrumental, contributing two goals to the victory, one of which was an intricate solo run that showcased his signature stepovers.

Before Ronaldo's remarkable goal, the agile Nigerian maestro attempted to outmanoeuvre the United press using his intricate stepovers.

However, his progress was halted by the resolute United defence. In a swift transition from defence to attack, the Red Devils swiftly capitalized on the situation. Ruud Van Nistelrooy delivered a precise pass to CR7, who found himself in acres of space.

Demonstrating unwavering confidence, CR7 advanced towards the Bolton defence. He executed a mesmerizing series of stepovers, leaving his marker bewildered, before launching a powerful left-footed strike that eluded the goalkeeper's grasp.

Here is the video:

Ronaldo crowned greatest winger of all time

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned as the greatest winger of all time, as proclaimed by Allan Saint-Maximin, a former Premier League player now based in Saudi Arabia.

Ronaldo's reputation as an all-time football great is largely due to his exceptional goal-scoring abilities, but his remarkable speed and skill, especially during his earlier career as a winger, continue to serve as an inspiration.

Among those influenced by Ronaldo's playing style is former Newcastle United winger Saint-Maximin, who recently transitioned from European football to the Middle East by joining Al-Ahli in the Saudi Pro League.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.