Jay Jay Okocha: Ex Bayern Munich Star Names Super Eagles Legend As His Idol

Jay Jay Okocha: Ex Bayern Munich Star Names Super Eagles Legend As His Idol

Raphael Abiola
updated at October 18, 2023 at 9:15 AM
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  • Mario Gomez has named Super Eagles legend, Austin Jay Jay Okocha as his childhood football idol
  • The former Bayern Munich striker is one of the greatest strikers in the German Bundesliga history
  • The former Nigerian international is rated as one of the most skilful players in football history

Former Bayern Munich striker, Mario Gomez has named legendary Nigerian midfielder, Austin Jay Jay Okocha as his childhood football idol.

The former German international is rated as one of the best strikers of his generation, with exceptional achievements during his illustrious career.

During his heyday, the striker played for VfB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich, Vfl Wolfsburg in Germany, Fiorentina in the Italian Serie A, and Besiktas in the Turkish Super Lig.

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Mario Gomez discloses his admiration for Austin Jay Jay Okocha. Photo: Simon Stacpoole.
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The 38-year-old has disclosed his love for former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Okocha, according to a report by Soccernet, as per Kicker.

The former Bayern Munich star claimed he fell in love with the Super Eagles legend's style of play.

The former Nigerian international scored one of the greatest goals in the history of the German Bundesliga.

“My childhood idol was Jay-Jay Okocha. The way he handled the ball was fascinating to me. He was like an artist,” Gomez said.

Gomez also spoke on the debate of who the greatest footballer of all time is, and he categorically claimed that it is former Barcelona and PSG star Lionel Messi. However, he still recognised the greatness of Brazilian trio Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, and Romario.

"Definitely Lionel Messi, even though I was always a fan of Ronaldinho, Rivaldo or especially Romario. But Messi is already in a league of his own," he added.

Okocha chooses between Messi, Ronaldo

Sports Brief previously reported on Okocha commenting on the GOAT debate as the argument continues to rage between fans of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The Argentine and the Portuguese superstars have reigned supreme for years, causing fans, pundits, and even players to remain divided on which of them is greater.

While Okocha acknowledged the extraordinary accomplishments of both Messi and Ronaldo in football, the former Bolton playmaker has a definite favourite in his view.

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Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.