Austin Jay Jay Okocha, the legendary captain of the Super Eagles, has received praise from former Liverpool striker John Barnes, who also named Brazilian Ronaldinho as one of the world’s most skilled players.
The 59-year-old claims that Okocha performs on the pitch, which other players only find themselves accomplishing on the playing pitch or during practice sessions naturally.
The former Bolton Wanderers player, who mesmerized the audience with his talent and elegance during his time there, was a major deal for his teammates and club.
Geoff Shreeves previously praised the Super Eagles icon as one of the best African players he has seen play in the English Premier League.
When remarking on Okocha, Barnes backed up his countryman’s assertion by naming Okocha as one of the two most skilled players in football history, while ignoring Messi and Ronaldo.
“When you talk about two of the most naturally gifted skilful players, not talking about playing in a team as he can, but when you talk about individuals. the most skillful player, they are two, Ronaldinho and JJ Okocha, which is naturally the most skillful players because the things he does, on a football pitch you do on the playing ground, or in training, and you are not supposed to do in matches, he does it better than Messi, Ronaldo, and everyone in terms of pure skill.” he said in a programme via SuperSportTy.