Okocha: Ex-Super Eagles skipper labelled a 'Brazilian' by Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos

Jay-Jay Okocha dribbles the goalkeeper during a charity game.

Okocha: Ex-Super Eagles skipper labelled a 'Brazilian' by Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos

Izuchukwu Akawor 16:00 - 24.07.2023

Brazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos says Jay Jay Okocha is the most difficult African footballer he faced during his prime days.

Nigerian football legend Austine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has received a glowing tribute from one of the game’s greats. 

Pulse Sports Nigeria can report that Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos has praised former Super Eagles captain Okocha.

Jay Jay Okocha during his iconic days at Bolton Wanderers.

Roberto Carlos’ brief

The 50-year-old known for his remarkable free kick ability started his career at Brazilian clubs Uniao and Atletico Mineiro. 

He moved to Europe after two years at Atletico and joined Serie A giant Inter Milan where he spent just a season. 

Roberto Carlos
Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos says Okocha played like a Brazilian.

Carlos joined Real Madrid in the summer of 1996 and went on to have a successful career at Los Blancos.

On Okocha

Carlos, who also had stint in the Turkish league, where ex-Nigeria international Okocha also played had some kind words for the Nigerian legend.

Speaking about the toughest African he had played against, the former Inter man described Okocha as a special who looked Brazilian. 

Jay Jay Okocha with another Brazilian legend Ronaldinho.

“Okocha for me,” Carlos stated in a video shared on the social media platform TikTok

“Okocha looked like a Brazilian player playing. Okocha was spectacular. Seeing him play around the world, for his country, the clubs he played for.”

The Real Madrid legend added that Jay Jay had many skills that were typical of Brazilians. 

African icon, Okocha showing his skill.

“In my opinion, Okocha had many skills of a Brazilian player,” he added. 

“He played with elegance when he dribbled. He was difficult to defend. For me, he was an icon of African football.”

Okocha makes the greatest African list

In a related development, Okocha and two other Nigerian football icons were recently included in the Premier League Africa XI.

The trio was part of the team unveiled at a lavish ceremony to celebrate Premier League’s 30th anniversary hosted by SuperSport in Lagos.

Jay Jay was named the fifth greatest African player to play in the Premier League.

The Africa XI were picked from a list of 30 players who had distinguished themselves in the last 30 years in the Premier League.

After voting was done by fans in Africa and the world, three Nigerians were voted into the greatest XI to ever play in the famous league.

Bolton hero and icon Okocha, who was so good they named him twice, was the highest-ranked Nigerian on the list after he finished fifth per this report from Pulse Sports Nigeria.

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