Steven Gerrard, the manager of Aston Villa and a Liverpool icon, has weighed in on who he considers to be the greatest footballer of all time and who he considers to be the best player he has ever lined up alongside.
is no stranger to disputes over his generation's top players, and he has now chimed in on one of the most heated. For what seemed like the whole of his playing career, theLiverpool
star was compared to
and Paul Scholes, with hours of debate taking place throughout the country.
Similarly, the debate overLionel Messi
has raged for years, with neither party ready to give an inch. Gerrard chose the Argentinian icon when asked by Gary Neville on his Overlap YouTube channel. "But I'm someone who would never have a derogatory word to say about Ronaldo because he is phenomenal," Gerrard explained.
"They were the two in my generation who were just...the numbers - when you're a footballer, and you've done it yourself, I'm not sure who will do it again." Gerrard was reiterating a position that he had already stated. "They're very different for me," he said last year on the Robbie Savage Podcast. I believe they are on a different planet than every other footballer who has ever lived, except your Peles and
On the other hand, Messi is more of a team player, in my opinion. If he's in on goal, he'll look for a pass while also putting up really, really good individual numbers." When Gerrard was asked to judge another debate, he was asked to choose between Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez, who he thought his former teammates were better. He responded, "I get asked this question all the time...they were both phenomenal, but I'd say, Suarez." He had it all; how much longer do you want me to describe him?"
When asked if the Uruguayan was the best player he had ever played with for Liverpool, he quickly replied, "Yes." "I've played with some of the best players in the world,
, [Javier] Mascherano, Torres...but Suarez was different." You just got a feeling that he was going to win the game, no matter who you were playing. It didn't matter who it was in every game."
"Straight away, first session, second session," Gerrard said when asked how quickly he recognized Suarez was the real deal. It seemed as if he had studied how to play. 'Oh my god!' I recall thinking as I walked out of one of the main sessions with Carra. This guy's got a slew of them.' 'I don't want to play against him every day in training!' Carra said to me.
"He was that hard in training that he could embarrass you, even shame you with things he didn't know he was doing." He was a ricochet trader who would run you over, dominate and intimidate you."
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