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Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by michealoluwaseyi(m): 8:10pm On Apr 01, 2020
Joshrob:

So Mikel would have benched JJ or Sunday oliseh..
Or he will bench viera, Gilberto Silva and petit.
Mikel is an average footballer, that's why he's not recognized in African even with all the trophy he won.
Kanu nwankwo is a legend and highly recognized anywhere in the world football.
Even in the last world cup he was recognized by FIFA.
he is not recognise and yet fifa paid him tribute when he retired frm the national team,he is not recognise and yet his shirt was chosen by fifa to be at their museum at the last worldcup,pls can u tell me one memorable thing kanu did at the world cup

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Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by pek(m): 8:13pm On Apr 01, 2020
michealoluwaseyi:
which invicible medal list maybe the one u created,u better go and google it
Stop arguing what you don't know. Kanu was part of the Invincibles. FYI, it is Michael not Micheal!
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by robosky02(m): 8:18pm On Apr 01, 2020
michealoluwaseyi:
arsenal fans no go make us rest ,apart frm the u17 and olympics what did kanu do in the senior national team,86 app 12 goals no single in 6 afcon app no single goal in three wc app'it funny hw u guys keep going back to what he did in 90s because really didnt do much in d 200s,even during arsenal invincible he was not give the epl winners medal ,he did not play upto five games dat season ,am sure u also knw dat kanu holds the record of the third substituted in player in the epl during is era,he came off the bench the most of d time


KANU nwankwo was arguably the best player in the world in 1996.

But oyibo ojoro dey denied him because the previous year another African George Weah had won it.

But clearly he was the world best in 1996



Kanu Nwankwo (Nigeria/Ajax)

Kanu led the U-23 national team to win the continent’s first gold medal in the Summer Olympic men’s football tournament in 1996 in Atlanta, USA.

He won the African Footballer of the Year award twice in 1996 and 1999 but never claimed the Africa Cup of Nations title with the Super Eagles.

He could have won the award in 1996 given his achievements with Nigeria and Ajax 1996 where he won the UEFA Champions League were it not for a certain Germany legend called Mathias Sammer.



I don't think Nermay Jr. Can will Champions league and 2020 Olympics and not be given a gallon dor

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Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Joshrob(m): 8:19pm On Apr 01, 2020
michealoluwaseyi:
he is not recognise and yet fifa paid him tribute when he retired frm the national team,he is not recognise and yet his shirt was chosen by fifa to be at their museum at the last worldcup,pls can u tell me one memorable thing kanu did at the world cup

baba i'm tired of arguing with you on this matter.
mikel is a good player and kanu is a great player,so they are not on the same level.
Good night[color=#990000][/color] cool
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by OkpaNsukkaisBae(m): 8:59pm On Apr 01, 2020
robosky02:






Without doubt I think [/b]KANU Nwankwo deserved to be Nigeria's Greatest[b]


1. He was the key man in U17 when we won the cup......Japan 1993

2. He destroyed Brazil at Atlanta 96 to put Nigeria on the global map.....when Nigeria became the first African team to win Olympics goal


3.He was the first Nigerian big player to play in the EPL ....remember the Arsenal invincible


4. Mehn the guy was graced ...two times African football



5 At a point the most decorated player in the whole of africa



100%
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by OkpaNsukkaisBae(m): 9:47pm On Apr 01, 2020
Joshrob:


It's annoying and disrespectful for anyone to compare Mikel obi to nwankwo kanu. They are not in the same level at all.
Kanu nwankwo is gifted with techniques and skills no African footballer can match till date. He play football with ease and make a difficult goal look easy.



Deluded chelsea fans who think football started in 2012 will foolishly compare a sluggish cum non creative midfielder like mikel to PAPILO NWANKWO.


Taking a trip down the memory lane, i can stake my curved like banana rooster , that john obi mikel won't make the super eagle starting eleven in 1996.

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Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by jaszplus12(m): 10:02pm On Apr 01, 2020
Jokerman:


Okocha overrated??
Maradona overrated??

You see why people always attack you Messi indomie fans...

You think if Messi and Ronaldo played football in the time of such players, they'd have up to 5 ballondors??

For you to call maradona overrated shows the kind of person you Messi fans are, only Messi isn't overrated... A maradona that lifted a Napoli to league titles winning best player and golden boot along the way... A maradona that put Argentina on the football map?

Alright Messi is the only non overrated player in the world

Okocha overrated? Really??
A master of midfield that carried a dead Bolton team playing with unskilled players like Davies and Jameel etc??
A midfield maestro that combined skills with dribbles even inventing his own step overs.. A great passer of the ball, freekicks, shoot technique... Really?
Kaiiiiiiiiiii... you're overrating the okocha I know! Was he a freekick specialist? A great passer of the ball? What shooting technique? All I remember is his dribbling skills...no doubt [b][/b]about that...and only at Bolton did he play purposefully to lift the team...and at Frankfurt while still developing...for Nigeria believe me he didn't push the team enough to consider him better than average.
Our problem is we're unduly emotional about who we follow and rate them from our point of view
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by chiboy1116: 10:11pm On Apr 01, 2020
Zanas:

I don't need Google to tell me about a man I watched live over three world cups and almost his entire club career. Maradona was a proper 10, the fact he liked bombing forward to join the attack doesn't make him a forward. Frank lampard is another midfielder that likes attacking, he was so prolific that he is now Chelsea's highest goalscorer of all time. Does that make lampard a forward?
and ? Like I said , he's just like Messi , can play as a 10 and as an ss and mind u maradona was playing behind buruchaga in the world cup .
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by chiboy1116: 10:13pm On Apr 01, 2020
Zanas:

I don't need Google to tell me about a man I watched live over three world cups and almost his entire club career. Maradona was a proper 10, the fact he liked bombing forward to join the attack doesn't make him a forward. Frank lampard is another midfielder that likes attacking, he was so prolific that he is now Chelsea's highest goalscorer of all time. Does that make lampard a forward?
and ? Like I said , he's just like Messi , can play as a 10 and as an ss and mind u maradona was playing behind buruchaga in the world cup . Dude maradona wasn't a midfielder like lampard , if you say so then it's obvious u never really understood his position. Lampard isn't a 10 , a 10 is a central attacking midfielder who stays upfront a lot and doesn't have much defensive responsibility .
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by chiboy1116: 10:15pm On Apr 01, 2020
Jokerman:


Oga Maradona made Argentina a country to reckon with in football
okay sir , a team that has won the Copa America 5 times B4 he was even born ? I don hear u sir . He won them what they haven't won in their lives B4 . Lmfao . Ur starting to sound butt hurt btw
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by chiboy1116: 10:15pm On Apr 01, 2020
Jokerman:


List 5 midfielders in terms of pure footballing ability (forget where they played, records etc), just pure football... List any 5 midfielders in football history better than Okocha
I can list 20
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Jokerman(m): 10:45pm On Apr 01, 2020
chiboy1116:
I can list 20

List them now grin
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Zanas: 10:58pm On Apr 01, 2020
chiboy1116:
and ? Like I said , he's just like Messi , can play as a 10 and as an ss and mind u maradona was playing behind buruchaga in the world cup . Dude maradona wasn't a midfielder like lampard , if you say so then it's obvious u never really understood his position. Lampard isn't a 10 , a 10 is a central attacking midfielder who stays upfront a lot and doesn't have much defensive responsibility .
I didn't say maradona plays like lampard, I only pointed lampard as another midfielder that likes going forward to score and I said that doesn't make him a forward
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by gibzzhd: 7:11am On Apr 02, 2020
pek:
Stop arguing what you don't know. Kanu was part of the Invincibles. FYI, it is Michael not Micheal!
I don't think he got a medal that season because he didn't play the required number of games.
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Jodhar: 8:51am On Apr 02, 2020
chiboy1116:
nah , maradona was a forward , he's just similar to Messi . Plays behind a striker , he can play as a false nine or a central attacking midfielder .
Maradona was not a forward and he was not like Messi, You can call Messi a forward but Maradona was a midfield general.

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Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Boxer007(m): 9:03am On Apr 02, 2020
OkpaNsukkaisBae:




Deluded chelsea fans who think football started in 2012 will foolishly compare a sluggish cum non creative midfielder like mikel to PAPILO NWANKWO.


Taking a trip down the memory lane, i can stake my curved like banana rooster , that john obi mikel won't make the super eagle starting eleven in 1996.



Brother, you sound very very handsome. Bro please do u suck dik & can u wear bra sir for 5k cash? Like this evening?
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by michealoluwaseyi(m): 9:05am On Apr 02, 2020
Joshrob:


baba i'm tired of arguing with you on this matter.
mikel is a good player and kanu is a great player,so they are not on the same level.
Good night[color=#990000][/color] cool
simple question u cant answer,u find fault in mikel,but when i find fault in kanu u stylishly run away
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by michealoluwaseyi(m): 9:11am On Apr 02, 2020
OkpaNsukkaisBae:




Deluded chelsea fans who think football started in 2012 will foolishly compare a sluggish cum non creative midfielder like mikel to PAPILO NWANKWO.


Taking a trip down the memory lane, i can stake my curved like banana rooster , that john obi mikel won't make the super eagle starting eleven in 1996.

u are a jobless arsenal ass licker,kanu was average in the super eagles,no afcon and world cup goal,what was he busying doing ur mumu don ripe o,bench warmer club legend,
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by davisma: 9:16am On Apr 02, 2020
Prolific goal scorer for the national team in the person of Rashidi Yekini.
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by OkpaNsukkaisBae(m): 9:40am On Apr 02, 2020
michealoluwaseyi:
u are a jobless arsenal ass licker,kanu was average in the super eagles,no afcon and world cup goal,what was he busying doing ur mumu don ripe o,bench warmer club legend,

thank you!
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by OkpaNsukkaisBae(m): 10:10am On Apr 02, 2020
Boxer007:



Brother, you sound very very handsome. Bro please do u suck dik & can u wear bra sir for 5k cash? Like this evening?




pls i'm ugly , like d ugliest human being on earth. should be the 4th time that you're mentioning my moniker while making the same demand.

pls i'm STRAIGHT. not a gay , nor a bisexual.

i sincerely hope that this will be the last time am gonna tell you my sexual orientation.


goodluck!
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Boxer007(m): 10:17am On Apr 02, 2020
OkpaNsukkaisBae:





pls i'm ugly , like d ugliest human being on earth. should be the 4th time that you're mentioning my moniker while making the same demand.

pls i'm STRAIGHT. not a gay , nor a bisexual.

i sincerely hope that this will be the last time am gonna tell you my sexual orientation.


goodluck!


Calm down babes,
Brother, if u ugly,u can were make up. As long as u were bra & lips sticks, u are fuckable sir. I hav 5k cash ready for u sir
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Timoleon(m): 12:58pm On Apr 02, 2020
Maradona zidane figo zico iniesta Xavi cryuff Platini modric rivelinho seedorf Lampard ronaldinho pirlo scholes jairzinho George best, di stefano, puskas

When you talk about an all round contribution to a team I think okocha will be severely benched by most of these guys up there. If your team were leading 4-0 you might sub okocha in to entertain the fans.
Jokerman:


I'm term of footballing talent (no records, no acheivements etc).. just footballing talent I.e passing, skill, vision, dribbles, one on one situation, technique etc... Name 5 midfielders in the history of footballer better than Okocha...
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Timoleon(m): 1:04pm On Apr 02, 2020
You just Dey use concept wey u no know the meaning. What exactly is box to box in football? And how does it relate to yekini? Him Dey follow go defend everytime opponents attack?
oluwaahmed:


What was so special about yekini? He was a classic box-to-box striker like ighalo & Agahowa. maybe the slight difference was his speed despite his size.
Odemwinge, martins on the other hand could switch up from 9 to 8 to 7 sometimes and they scored mad goals for club and country. Same thing with KANU.
BTW okocha was fully in Nigeria squad of 1994 that won the nations cup & 2nd round KO of usa94.
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Timoleon(m): 1:07pm On Apr 02, 2020
Stop with the false arguments please. They had won two world cups before then, lost a final too.They weren’t newbies.
Jokerman:


Oga Maradona made Argentina a country to reckon with in football
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Timoleon(m): 1:15pm On Apr 02, 2020
Kanu played 10games. Started 3 came in 7 times
michealoluwaseyi:
which invicible medal list maybe the one u created,u better go and google it
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Timoleon(m): 1:21pm On Apr 02, 2020
Damn son, this Nigeria was especially where I had problems with him. The talent was obvious but the use was not purposeful. A less talented footballer like xavi or even xabi Alonso or Toni Kroos were better because they were purposeful with the way they played. No unnecessary entertainment yet they are greats in their own rights.
jaszplus12:

Kaiiiiiiiiiii... you're overrating the okocha I know! Was he a freekick specialist? A great passer of the ball? What shooting technique? All I remember is his dribbling skills...no doubt [b][/b]about that...and only at Bolton did he play purposefully to lift the team...and at Frankfurt while still developing...for Nigeria believe me he didn't push the team enough to consider him better than average.
Our problem is we're unduly emotional about who we follow and rate them from our point of view

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Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Timoleon(m): 1:23pm On Apr 02, 2020
He played the required number which was 10
gibzzhd:

I don't think he got a medal that season because he didn't play the required number of games.
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Jokerman(m): 1:27pm On Apr 02, 2020
Timoleon:
Maradona zidane figo zico iniesta Xavi cryuff Platini modric rivelinho seedorf Lampard ronaldinho pirlo scholes jairzinho George best, di stefano, puskas

When you talk about an all round contribution to a team I think okocha will be severely benched by most of these guys up there. If your team were leading 4-0 you might sub okocha in to entertain the fans.

Lol... Only two midfielders 3 midfielders are worthy to stand okocha from you list..

Maradona
Zidane
Ronaldinho

The rest....lol... Xavi, Iniesta, Modric (really), seedorf... lol
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Timoleon(m): 1:30pm On Apr 02, 2020
As a coach I don’t think you’ll pick okocha before any of those you are laughing about. And I guess you don’t know about the others either. Football is however a game of opinions so we both have rights to our opinions.
Jokerman:


Lol... Only two midfielders 3 midfielders are worthy to stand okocha from you list..

Maradona
Zidane
Ronaldinho

The rest....lol... Xavi, Iniesta, Modric (really), seedorf... lol
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Jokerman(m): 1:33pm On Apr 02, 2020
Timoleon:
As a coach I don’t think you’ll pick okocha before any of those you are laughing about. And I guess you don’t know about the others either. Football is however a game of opinions so we both have rights to our opinions.

I understand what you are saying bro...I was speaking from the perspective of individual talent not end product
Re: Who Is Really Nigeria's Greatest Footballer? by Jokerman(m): 1:33pm On Apr 02, 2020
Timoleon:
Stop with the false arguments please. They had won two world cups before then, lost a final too.They weren’t newbies.

Can't compare Mario Kempes with Diego

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