Okocha: I’d be worth €150 million now


Austin Okocha, a football star, believes clubs will spend roughly €150 million to get his talents in today’s transfer market.

Okocha joined Fenerbahçe from Eintracht Frankfurt in 1996 in a transaction worth roughly £1 million after the German club was demoted from the top division.

The Nigerian sparkled throughout his two years with the Turkish club, and his performance at the 1998 FIFA World Cup was enough to persuade French giants Paris Saint Germain to pay an African transfer record sum of £14 million to bring him to France.

According to the current transfer market, Okocha believes he would have cost roughly €150 million in an interview with hurriyet.

“Perhaps a billion dollars should have been paid for me,” he continued.

“They paid £106 million for Chelsea’s defensive midfielder.” To a Portuguese player. I would have cost about €150 million. My assists and dribbles… World football has begun to pay well. Such is the quantity of players of this caliber.”

The 49-year-old also expressed regret at leaving Fenerbahçe, where he was well-liked by supporters.

“It was a really difficult decision,” he added. I had to go extremely sad. In Fenerbahçe, I was really delighted. In addition, I married my wife in Turkey. My children were on their way.

“When I went to the World Cup, I had no such thing in mind. After the matches in the World Cup, an offer came from PSG. Aziz Yildirim was the president. He didn’t want to send me. He didn’t even interview the PSG Club. This process has been very difficult. Despite my sadness, when such an offer came, I wanted to make money for Fenerbahçe.”

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