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“What we saw Ronaldinho do, Okacha had done 10 or 15 years before” – Samuel Eto’o gives his personal opinion on Okocha and Ronaldinho debate

Legendary Cameroonian player, Samuel Eto’o did not find it funny that Super Eagles legend Jay Jay Okocha did not receive the proper respect when he was playing, Newspremises reports.

Following his accomplishments for the Nigerian national team as well as the clubs he played for, the head of FECAFOOT believes Okocha deserved much more.


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.

The former Barcelona man who played alongside Ronaldinho at the Catalan club emphasised that the Nigerian superstar was more skilful.

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.

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