For Super Eagles captain listed among Beckham, Ozil others as countdown to EPL’s most spectacular players continues
It was Pele who first described football as ‘the beautiful game’, coining a phrase which would go on to become the sport’s unofficial tagline.
The Brazil legend certainly played it, scoring over 1,000 goals in a remarkable career. But what makes a player beautiful to watch?
Alan Shearer is the Premier League’s record goal scorer, Roy Keane was one of the division’s finest midfielders and few defenders can rival the career of John Terry, but you won’t find any of them on this countdown.
As listing of players who lit up grounds in the Premier League era continues, former Bolton wanderers midfielders and former Nigeria captain, Austin Okocha has been listed among the finest for his skill, comfort in possession and penchant for the spectacular.
Okocha who is in the eleventh position was as one of the players, was listed as one the players who fans buy a ticket to see, as well as one of the midfielders who spot a pass nobody else can see.
So good they named him twice. Okocha moved to Bolton on a free transfer in 2002 and left four years later as a bonafide club legend after adding swagger and style to Sam Allardyce’s industrious side.
The Nigerian wasn’t a prolific goalscorer, but he possessed a thunderous shot and a superb mix of skill and invention which made him a nightmare for the opposition – and a real fans’ favourite.
Okocha made a habit of entertaining crowds with his tricks, but one of his most memorable pieces of skill arrived in the sixth minute of added time against Arsenal in April 2003. The Nigerian showman received a short corner from Youri Djorkaeff and proceeded to flick the ball over Ray Parlour’s head before collecting it on the other side.