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Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Nigerian legend Jay Jay Okocha picks Football IQ favourite (Video)

Super Eagles legend, Austin Jay Jay Okocha recently shared his preferences between football legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi concerning their football intelligence, Newspremises reports.

Over nearly two decades, the Portuguese and Argentine stars dominated the world of football, garnering numerous individual awards and team achievements, positioning themselves among the greatest players in the sport’s history.


Their enduring contributions and stellar performances have propelled ongoing debates about the all-time greatest footballers.

In an interview with GOAL, Okocha was prompted to construct his ideal player by amalgamating attributes from various football stars.

He was quizzed about players with superior left and right feet, as well as those who showcased remarkable speed and strength on the field.

Moreover, Okocha was tasked with identifying the footballer possessing the highest football intelligence, the individual who would serve as the strategic mind orchestrating the amalgamated player’s abilities.

Okocha builds his perfect footballer

Asked about who had the best left foot, he went with an Arsenal legend.

“[Mesut] Ozil.”

When asked about the best player using the right foot, Okocha went with the Portuguese veteran:

“[Cristiano] Ronaldo.”
In terms of speed, the Nigerian legend went with a French prodigy:

“[Kylian] Mbappe.”

Looking at the player who boasted the most strength on the ball, Okocha went with Mbappe’s compatriot:

“[N’golo] Kante.”

Then when finally asked who had the best football IQ to best utilise these attributes, the former Super Eagles captain answered:

“[Lionel] Messi.”

Most notably, Okocha did not mention any Nigerian player – either past or present – when creating his ultimate footballer, which might leave some fans aggrieved.

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