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Liverpool fan's tweet shows Scholes wasn't on the same level as Gerrard & Lampard

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They've all retired but the debate rages on.

Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard will all go down in the history books as some of the finest midfielders of their generation.

They will all be remembered as one-club men, despite Lampard and Gerrard both joining other clubs upon leaving Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.

Despite Scholes's longevity at the greatest club during the Premier League era, fans of Manchester United's rivals are still desperate to expose him as 'over-rated'.

The 42-year-old midfielder - renowned for his incredible passing range, shooting and vision - is currently a pundit on BT Sport.

Lampard recently joined the BT Sport team too and all three of them are now regular pundits at the same company - sometimes even working together!

The legendary Manchester United academy graduate famously retired from international football in 2004 after being pushed out to the left-flank in order to accommodate Gerrard and Lampard in the middle.

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"Scholes is a role model," said Xavi in 2011. "For me – and I really mean this – he's the best central midfielder I've seen in the last 15, 20 years.

"I've spoken to Xabi Alonso about him. He's spectacular, he has it all: the last pass, goals, he's strong, he doesn't lose the ball, vision. If he'd been Spanish he might have been rated more highly. Players love him."

Fans of opposition clubs don't seem to love him quite so much.

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Liverpool fan account Empire Of The Kop shared a tweet on Wednesday afternoon which quickly began going viral.

It compared the three player's best Ballon d'Or finishes as well as seven other measures of their significance in the game.

Surely no one can deny the important role Scholes played under Sir Alex Ferguson.

He won eleven Premier League titles under the legendary manager and 'Fergie' even convinced the 'Ginger Prince' to come out of retirement as he approached the age of 40.

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Truthfully, Gerrard and Lampard could be described as 'headline grabbers' whilst Scholes did a lot of the unsung work which went a little more unnoticed.

The Manchester United man received far fewer individual accolades in his career but that's the type of person he was - or is. He never wanted the limelight on himself.

It's worth pointing out that Scholes did win more trophies than Lampard and Gerrard combined.

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Can't we just appreciate that they were three fabulous footballers in their own right.

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