Tijani Babangida has explained that African players are not motivated by records and silverware like Europeans are.
According to the former Ajax Amsterdam star, huge money moves develops complacency when it comes to players from the African continent.
“I think it’s all about mentality. When most African players make a big-money move, they become relaxed and content,” Babangida said to Goal.
The Nigerian, whose honours include the Dutch league title and cup, include a championship in Turkey as well as the Olympic gold medal with Nigeria, used Cristiano Ronaldo as an example of well-maintained desire and commitment.
“You can see the way [Cristiano] Ronaldo is pushing even at that age, if he was an African, he would have stopped playing a long time ago.
“Football should be played to break records and to set legacies which count after retirement. It shouldn’t be about the money alone.
“Africans don’t have this kind of orientation because we play for money and with little of it [money], we feel that we have arrived,” he added.
The Kaduna-born player concluded to add that poor upbringings do not help African players in dealing with drastic zero digits entering in the bank accounts.
“Until most players who grew up in Europe and have everything, that is not the case here as most of our talents are from poor backgrounds.
“So, the moment one gets signed up for a huge amount, attention shifts and motivation dies. That is very unfortunate,” concluded the 46-year-old.