Nigeria international and Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze revealed in an interview that football legend Jay-Jay Okocha was his role model growing up as an aspiring footballer, as told to Goal.
Chukwueze has been a predominant standout player in the La Liga since his debut into the first team during the 2018/19 season.
The budding winger managed to score eight goals last season, continuing to showcase his talent has Villarreal went on to finish 14th on the log at the end of the campaign.
The 20-year-old was also part of the Super Eagles squad who featured in the 2019 Africa Cup Nations, and the youngster proved why he has become a sought-after player.
Chukwueze who has caused much-excitement in the football realm spoke to Goal about his admiration for Okocha.
“My big hero was Jay-Jay Okocha. I loved watching him, and whenever he played for Nigeria I would be so desperate to see him win. If they lost, I wouldn’t eat. I couldn’t take it,” Chukwueze told Goal.
“In my home town we would have a local centre and I would try to go there to watch Nigeria games. We didn’t have a TV, but there was one there. I would peep through the window to see Okocha and the rest."
Villarreal have however had a disappointing start to their campaign as they've gone three league games without securing a win.
“I’m not a good loser. When I was younger and my team lost, I would cry. I’ve stopped that now, but I still hate to lose. Even on the PlayStation if I lose, I will throw the controller. Winning is everything to me," he added.
Chukwueze has been included in the Super Eagles' 25-man squad that is set to take on Ukraine in a friendly on September 10.