Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, has reacted to news of Lionel Messi’s weekly take-home of £1 million at Paris St-Germain.
After more than 20 years, Messi finally left Barcelona to pitch his tent with the French giant, PSG.
“I came too early and Messi came at the right time,” Okocha joked. “If I was paid such amount of money in my playing days, maybe I would have stayed back in France forever. I wouldn’t have thought of coming to Nigeria.”
Jay Jay Okocha’s magical display lured many Nigerian fans to French League in his playing days.
In 1998, the Nigerian set a transfer record when he left Fenerbahce in Turkey to PSG in France on a fee of £12.4 million, which was the highest by an African player at that time.
He left PSG for Bolton Wonderers in England in 2002 on a free transfer.
For many Nigerian fans, Okocha’s magical skills on the field of play is comparable to whatever Messi offers in present-day football.
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