Nigerian football legend, Austin Jay Jay Okocha has claimed that only three players are currently playing expressive football which he is known for during his active days.
During his days at Eintracht Frankfurt, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bolton, Jay Jay Okocha is known to be an entertainer with the ball on his foot. He is known for his unmatchable dribbling, trickery, free-kicks, and stylish ball distribution skills.
Okocha who is now a 50-year-old retired footballer is renowned across the world for the aforementioned features, features that are no longer common in the game, according to him.
The football pundit said nowadays, footballers play with a lot of limitations with little or no identity unlike in his active days.
The former Delta State FA chief claimed that only Paris Saint Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, Manchester City talismanic midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne, and AC Milan lively winger, Rafael Leao, are still playing his kind of expressive football.
“Well, I think things have changed. It’s difficult really for players now to express themselves,” Okocha said in an interview with LiveScore.
“I had the luxury to have my identity and to try and show what I can do with the ball. But now they are all limited.
“You can say that maybe (Kylian) Mbappe looks exciting, as well as (Kevin) De Bruyne, (Rafael) Leao from AC Milan as well.
“Apart from that, it’s hard for me to pick out one that has that freedom to express himself.
“It’s now about finding the right moment to do it for the team. Not just for the heck of it!”