Sadly, Nigeria for the umpteenth time is not respected in football even though the country is taking part in 10 different sports in Tokyo
Having seen a couple games, I have drawn a list of Five Football Stars To Watch At Tokyo Olympics and why!
Dani Alves (Brazil)
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Even though the 38-year old already has a ridiculous 42 trophies to his name — more than any other player in the history of football, he is not resting on his oars since the Olympic Gold is missing in his collection.
Most neutrals will probably be rooting for the former Barcelona star who now plays in his home country for Sao Paolo.
The young Brazil squad have a great mentor to look up to in Alves.
Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast)
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If Ivory Coast is to emulate Nigeria and Cameroon in winning the Olympic Gold medal for football, the would need this 19-year old to operate as his best.
Diallo who joined Manchester United for an initial fee in excess of £20m is not fazed by that situation and neither is he under pressure to help the Ivorians push for Gold in Tokyo.
Marco Asensio (Spain)
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In terms of value, star quality and the size of his trophy cabinet, Marco Asensio is one of the 'big fishes' in Tokyo. Yes, the 25-year-old has struggled to fully deliver on his huge potential but the midfielder still boast of an immense talent to turn a game on its head on his day.
I am confident that at least one of the players highlighted here will have a medal around his neck when action is concluded in Tokyo
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