Brazilian Great Ronaldinho Shares Inside Story of Former Nigeria International & Colombian Hero He Admires

Brazilian Great Ronaldinho Shares Inside Story of Former Nigeria International & Colombian Hero He Admires

  • Ronaldinho has revealed his admiration for two of the most gifted players to have come from their continents, Okocha (Africa) and Valderrama (South America)
  • The former Brazil playmaker disclosed the aforementioned duo were the No.10s he used to draw inspiration from
  • Both Jay-Jay Okocha and Carlos Valderrama are regarded as two of the best technicians of the ball and it is unsurprising that Ronaldinho has eulogized them

Brazil and FC Barcelona legend Ronaldinho Gaucho has disclosed his secret admiration for ex-Super Eagles skipper Austin Jay-Jay Okocha and Colombian icon Carlos Valderrama.

According to the two-time World Footballer of the Year, the only No. 10's he admired were Okocha and Valderrama.

In a post on Twitter, spotted by Sports Brief, Ronaldinho - who is mentioned in the same breath as Maradona and Pele as one of the greatest footballers to have graced the sport - eulogized the aforementioned duo.

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Brazilian football great Ronaldinho has revealed Jay-Jay Okocha and Carlos Valderrama as players he admired. Photos by David Cannon, Pedro Ugarte and Jacques Demarthon
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Okocha is regarded as one of the most talented to have come from the continent of Africa, but despite his bewitching set of skills, he never made the world his oyster.

Regardless of his little to no individual achievements, Jay-Jay has received plaudits from many quarters for his rare attributes and the latest to reveal his love for the ex-Nigeria international is none other than the magical Ronaldinho.

The Barcelona great also gave a shout-out to fellow South American Valderrama, who was part of Colombia's golden generation in the early 90s playing in three World Cups.

Despite his conspicuous Afro hairstyle, Valderrama was noted for his playmaking abilities interlaced with a penchant for the extraordinary.

And it comes as little surprise Ronaldinho is an admirer of the great Colombian.

What did Ronaldinho tweet about Valderrama and Okocha?

Diouf describes Jay-Jay Okocha as the most talented player he has ever seen

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that legendary Senegal forward El Hadji Diouf has named former Nigeria captain Jay-Jay Okocha the most talented African footballer ever.

According to Diouf, who was a former teammate of the Okocha at English club Bolton Wanderers, he has never seen a player as talented as the midfielder since he was born.

Okocha was renowned for his dribbling abilities, especially his skills in the use of step-overs, however, the midfielder failed to clinch the Africa Player of the Year or any top individual award during his playing years.