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Okocha: Why Messi Is Better Than Ronaldo

Jay-Jay Okocha: Why Lionel Messi Is Better Than Cristiano Ronaldo

By Kurt Buckerfield - Aug 09, 2017 04:28 PM @KurtLaduma

African legend Jay-Jay Okocha has explained why he believes Lionel Messi is a better footballer than Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The former Nigeria international has revealed that he believes the Argentine is the best player in the world, suggesting that the 30-year-old is more naturally talented than the Portuguese is.

"I have to be diplomatic here, especially as I've a lot of Portuguese friends, but I tend to lean towards Messi," Okocha told FIFA's official website.

"He's a more natural talent. Ronaldo is a fantastic player, one of the best I've ever seen, but he's been a bit unfortunate to be of the same generation as Messi.

"Consequently, they have to share the limelight."  

Okocha also feels that Neymar could very well be the next best player in the world.

"Messi and Ronaldo have dominated world football for a decade and, given the nature of football, at a certain point the baton will have to pass to someone else," he added.

"I think Neymar has a great chance of filling that role."

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Do you agree with Okocha's sentiments? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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MrBlack wa le chochocho Joined: 01 Aug 2017
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MrBlack wa le chochocho Aug 16, 2017 03:45 PM
good point for yourself n ur nation............that is ur views man but King CR7
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sjijomiller Joined: 26 Oct 2016
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sjijomiller Aug 12, 2017 08:09 PM
Lol messi is a natural born talent and CR7 is a hard worker, well this is soccer the first thing that takes the cake is talent then the exeptions follow kikiki
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Aug 12, 2017 10:17 AM
Well said okocha penaldo In a Wrong generation indeed
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kingL Joined: 16 Feb 2014
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kingL Aug 11, 2017 08:15 AM
@soccalive, just to take a piece of cake from your mouth brother, can you justify your comments with examples on toe to toe? I'm not against you but please make me to believe such. jay jay too missed to go dipper so l hoped you can
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kingL Aug 11, 2017 08:15 AM
@soccalive, just to take a piece of cake from your mouth brother, can you justify your comments with examples on toe to toe? I'm not against you but please make me to believe such. jay jay too missed to go dipper so l hoped you can
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kingL Aug 11, 2017 08:14 AM
@soccalive, just to take a piece of cake from your mouth brother, can you justify your comments with examples on toe to toe? I'm not against you but please make me to believe such. jay jay too missed to go dipper so l hoped you can
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malinzim@yahoo.com Aug 11, 2017 07:59 AM
Better than CR7. Where n how cz u didn't explain that
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Ezequienho Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Ezequienho Aug 10, 2017 11:01 PM
Jealousy! Better than CR7 with what exactly?
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soccalive Joined: 09 Sep 2013
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soccalive Aug 10, 2017 09:19 PM
@Sgelekeqe@ if you've a problem accepting from one of the best talents from Africa then, sorry for you, not even someone from heaven will make you understand the algorithms of soccer. It's a fact that CR7 is a very good player, if anyone tells you Ronaldo is a bad player, never talk to them again, but he is not as talented as Messi, whose football is not from practice and experience but more from instinct. I'm a soccer addict who follows those two players intently but not emotionally. I love their type of play in their own way, but I second jay jay, Messi is ahead of Ronaldo.
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Warras4khosi Aug 10, 2017 03:24 PM
Neymar my outi is gonna take the baton ayisacace.
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saymane bucs Aug 10, 2017 01:26 PM
tanks okocha messi is far better than ronaldo,,even neymar n suarez a better than that selfish ronaldo
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Sgelekeqe@ Aug 10, 2017 01:08 PM
Hey wena Okocha we have forgetten about u, now u come with this stupit analysis, Cr7 transpormed from trying 2 dribble the whole defence and being a winger who score a lot of GOALs under Sir Fergi, hence (42 goals in 2007/08 season), then to now a deadly weapon in the box( ask Baryen Munich, ATM and Juventus) not the 1 dimension and 1 team Messie also Cr7 played a KEY role in Portugal being Euro 16 champions....!!!
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Aluw@ni1k Aug 10, 2017 01:03 PM
Jay Jay that's your view boss. I say hard works beat talent I have seen it with these two Messi and Ronaldo
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The Lecturer Aug 10, 2017 10:54 AM
@murefu: tell Cry7 to shine in national team colours and win the golden ball in a major tournament for once in his career like Messi did with Argentina in a World cup and Copa America. We all know he was a huge flop at Euro16 let alone his country winning the final for him while he was sitting on the bench.
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murefu Joined: 12 Jul 2017
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murefu Aug 10, 2017 10:50 AM
tell your massi to win something with his country team so that he can become best player in the world
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murefu Joined: 12 Jul 2017
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murefu Aug 10, 2017 10:48 AM
no one ask u
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zinho_mao1st Aug 10, 2017 10:48 AM
That Messi is naturally talented, yes but not better than Ronaldo.All shines against each other's shine
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kgotso kgatla Aug 10, 2017 10:46 AM
No doubt about messi's talent he tops Cr7.but what makes this whole thing interesting is;,messi being the best as he is his fans or lovers always bring this comparison so it makes you wounder.so its either the stats tells different story to how they feel.messi is the best but please scroll down their history and tel me who is the best achiever
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Pokorie Joined: 24 Aug 2013
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Pokorie Aug 10, 2017 10:45 AM
Show me another product of hard work who is like CR7. If it was hard work we would have a hundred CR7's but we all know there is just 1. KING!
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The Lecturer Joined: 05 May 2017
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The Lecturer Aug 10, 2017 10:35 AM
@old dog: are you nuts? Any cow can do it at Barça ? Then tell Sanchez, Fabregas, Turan, Gomez, Mathieu, Pablo Alcacer, Alex Vidal to do it better than Messi. Even Cry7 would have to improve his first touch to excel in a team like Barca. His passing ability in tight spaces and his dribbling would have to be better for him to achieve anything closer to what Messi has at Barça. If you are a real cow you are easily exposed as one in a team like Barca. Give Cry7 the number10 shirt in Barça colours, he is not going to score 92 goals to set the Guinness World Records for most goals scored only in a year....like Messi.

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