Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher insists Chelsea's all-time top scorer Frank Lampard is a better player than retired Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes was – but not as good as his old teammate Steven Gerrard.
Carragher believes Lampard influenced more big games during his career than Scholes, who ended his playing career at the end of last season after helping the Red Devils win their 20th league title.
"Frank has a catalogue of golden moments and, for that reason, I have him behind Steven but ahead of Paul Scholes in my list of the Premier League’s top three English midfielders," Carragher wrote in his latest Daily Mail column.
"I know Barcelona’s Xavi described Scholes as the best midfielder of the last 20 years but Frank has influenced more big games — his goals clinched Chelsea’s first title in 2005, he has won them an FA Cup final and scored in a Champions League final.
"He has also played more and scored more for England, and his tally of 166 Premier League goals — the highest by a midfielder — outstrips the 107 Scholes scored."
Unsurprisingly, Carragher ranks Gerrard as the best English midfielder in Premier League history; the duo played together at Anfield for years and are close friends off the pitch.
The former defender, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, says Gerrard was "born world class", while Lampard "became world class".
"That is not a slight," Carragher added. "It should serve as an inspiration. He has had to contend with some knocks down the years but he kept bettering himself. His mental strength is one of his greatest assets."
What do you think? Is Lampard a better player than Scholes was? Is Gerrard really better than both of them?
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