Heartbreak for Nigerians as Okocha out, Ronaldinho, Messi, Maradona named among 50 best footballers of all-time

Heartbreak for Nigerians as Okocha out, Ronaldinho, Messi, Maradona named among 50 best footballers of all-time

- Diego Maradona has been named the best footballer of all-time according to FourFourTwo

- The Argentine legend who died on November 25, 2020 had a remarkable career during his active days

- Nigeria’s Jay Jay Okocha failed to make the top 50 where Ronaldinho and Messi were mentioned

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Super Eagles legend Austin Jay Jay Okocha has been ignored in the 50 best footballers of all-time as compiled by UK outlet FourFourTwo.

The Bolton Wanderers' hero, despite being hampered by injuries, was the fans’ favourite, with the team printing shirts with the inscription "Jay-Jay – so good they named him twice."

The two-time BBC African footballer of the year was part of the Super Eagles squad that won the 1994 AFCON tournament in Tunisia, but he never won the prestigious prize from CAF during his playing days.

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Okocha, for many, is regarded as one of the greatest of all-time, however he did not even make the top 50 listed by FourFourTwo.

His former team-mate at French club PSG Ronaldinho was named in the 24th position.

According to the list, Argentine pair Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi make up the first and second position respectively, beating Brazil legend Pele to third position.

Below are the 50 best players of all-time according the publication.

50. Xavi

49. Nilton Santos

48. Michael Laudrup

47. Rivellino

46. Juan Alberto Schiaffino

Heartbreak for Nigerians as Okocha out, Ronaldinho, Messi, Maradona named among 50 best footballers of all time
Diego Maradona named best footballers of all-time. Photo: Rafael Wollmann
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45. Oleg Blokhin

44. Didi

43. Fritz Walter

42. Matthias Sindelar

41. Gianluigi Buffon

40. Kenny Dalglish

39. Nandor Hidegkuti

38. Gianni Rivera

37. Ruud Gullit

36. Paco Gento

35. Luis Suarez (born 1935)

34. Stanley Matthews

33. Gunter Netzer

32. Paolo Rossi

31. Juan Manuel Moreno

30. Lothar Matthaus

29. Raymond Kopa

28. Socrates

27. Bobby Moore

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26. Valentino Mazzola

25. Carlos Alberto Torres

24. Ronaldinho

23. Eusebio

22. Lev Yashin

21. Romario

20. Paolo Maldini

19. Sir Bobby Charlton

18. Giuseppe Meazza

17. Gerd Muller

16. Zico

15. Franco Baresi

14. George Best

13. Marco van Basten

12. Michel Platini

11. Garrincha

10. Ronaldo

9. Ferenc Puskas

8. Zinedine Zidane

7. Franz Beckenbauer

6. Alfredo Di Stefano

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

4. Johan Cruyff

3. Pele

2. Lionel Messi

1. Diego Maradona

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that embattled Arsenal player Mesut Ozil has named former Nigerian international Austin Jay Jay Okocha as his idol while growing up.

The German star disclosed this during an interactive Q&A session with his followers on Twitter.

Ozil who was born in Germany to a Turkish family said that his favourite club was Fenerbahce as a young chap, where Super Eagles legend Okocha had spent two years.

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