By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
With the eternal debate over who is the greatest African player of all times taking a new but rather interesting dimension, with the legends themselves involved, enigmatic Senegalese man El Hadji Diouf has responded to Samuel Eto’o’s claims that he was in a league of his own on the continent and no one even came close to him.
Diouf had earlier on said that Eto’o and Drogba might have accomplished more, but he was the continent’s most talented player of all times.
In a rather more measured response, Didier Drogba refused to be dragged into such a debate, claiming that his education did not permit him to do so.
Diouf on a recent radio conversation with legendary anchorman Martin Camus Mimb on Radio Sports Infos [RSI] has thrown more fuel into the seemingly unquenchable fire.
“Today I respect what they [Drogba and Eto’o] have achieved in football and I will always defend them,” Diouf said on RSI.
“The two best African players for the last decades are Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba. But on the other hand, for the most talented, we cannot say it’s Diouf, it’s not possible.
“To be talented doesn’t necessarily mean that you are the best or have won the most titles in your career, we’ll always have people who will win more trophies and I respect that.
“The most talented of African footballers, who have played the game on the continent, since I was born, is Jay Jay Okocha.
“He is the most talented player that I have ever seen. He did not win as many trophies as the others, he did not win the Golden Ball but no one can argue that he is the most talented African footballer of all times.”
Diouf and Okocha were teammates at English Premier League side Bolton Wanderers.
The debate goes on, and another legend has been drawn into the mix which only spices it up even more and shows the beauty of African football and the abundance of talents the continent has been blessed with over the years.
Albert Roger Milla, Abedi Ayew Pélé, George Weah…hold your tongues, it will soon be your turns to jump into in the ring.
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