Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has shared his delight at being compared to Nigeria legend Jay-Jay Okocha.
Aribo loves Okocha comparison
£3.15m-valued Aribo (Transfermarkt), who represents the Nigeria national team, was recently given the number 10 shirt for his country, and that has lead to comparisons to the former Paris Saint-Germain and Bolton Wanderers star, who previously wore that same jersey.
Speaking to Busy Buddies NG, Aribo shared his delight with being mentioned alongside Okocha. He said:
“Jay Jay Okocha is legendary, he is a legend. He is amazing. Even if I could fill his shoes in the slightest, I will be happy with that.
“But I wouldn’t say I necessarily feel pressure. I know what the No. 10 shirt means to the nation. But I’ll just say that I just need to be the best that I can be and give the best; what I can do for the team to help the team.
“But in terms of filling the shoes, I can’t fill Jay Jay’s shoes. He’s different level, honestly. He is a legend.”
Bit too far
Aribo has been in solid form for the Gers so far this campaign, with him having scored seven goals and provided four assists in 35 games in all competitions (Transfermarkt). However, while he clearly has talent, it is a step too far to compare him to a legend of the game such as Okocha.
Can Aribo be compared to Okocha?
He managed 101 goals throughout his career, but his contribution to the game cannot be measured in such a way. He was a joy to watch and left a real impression on fans from all over the planet. Aribo has a long way to go match his influence – that doesn’t mean he can’t do the Nigerian number 10 shirt justice, though.
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