Super Eagles legend, Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha has beaten former teammate, Nwankwo Kanu to be named the country’s greatest player of all time in a recent poll of 13 key national teams.
Lionel Messi or Diego Maradona? Is Pele the undisputed best from Brazil? Clint Dempsey or Landon Donovan? What about No. 1 from England? Who is the greatest player of all time from 13 key countries? ESPN FC examines. https://t.co/oGRYeT3VUU
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Of the total votes, Jay Jay Okocha claimed 48% while Kanu had 33%. Former goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama and late Rashidi Yekini are the other two players who made the cut as they settled for 11% and 8% respectively.
Surprisingly, Okocha never won the African Best Player of the Year award despite his immense talents on the field of play.
“So good he was named twice,” Austin Jay-Jay Okocha has received several praises from football greats over the years.
Lionel Messi, Pele, Zinedine Zidane, Andres Iniesta, and Maldini are the other high-profile legends who won for their respective countries.
Below is a complete list of the winners from all 13 countries.
Greatest Players of All-Time by Country according to ESPN Poll
- Argentina: Lionel Messi polled 65% of the vote to Diego Maradona’s 32%.
- Brazil: Pele earned an enormous 79% to Ronaldo’s 19%.
- United States: Landon Donovan got 45% to Clint Dempsey’s 28%
- England: Sir Bobby Charlton’s 56%, Bobby Moore (26%).
- Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo unsurprisingly won with 86% Eusebio got 10%.
- France: Zinedine Zidane 65%, Thierry Henry 21%.
- Germany: Franz Beckenbauer 63% to Gerd Muller’s 23%.
- Italy: Paolo Maldini (54%) and in second place, Roberto Baggio (26%).
- Netherlands: Johan Cruyff got 71% with second-placed Arjen Robben a far second on 16%.
- Spain: Andres Iniesta polled 41% with former Barca teammate, Xavi on 24%.
- Mexico: Rafa Marquez got 33% and Hugo Sanchez on 53%.
- Nigeria: Jay-Jay Okocha won with 48% and Nwankwo Kanu second on 33%.
- Australia: Tim Cahill polled 72% of the votes to Harry Kewell’s 19%.
Do you think this victory is deserved for the midfield maestro, Jay-Jay?