When you think of the finest midfielders that England has produced, you think of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
Much is made of the pair’s relationship while playing together for the national team but for their respective clubs, they were magnificent.
Gerrard inspired Liverpool to victory in the 2005 Champions League final and was instrumental in their domestic successes too, including that 2006 FA Cup final.
As for Lampard, he won everything there is to win at Chelsea. Like Gerrard, he won the Champions League. He was also able to add three Premier League winners medals’ to his trophy cabinet.
What made Gerrard and Lampard stand out is that they both tended to step up in the biggest matches; instead of shying away from the occasion, they produced their very best on the big stage.
A fascinating video has emerged showing just how true this was.
Both played against Barcelona during their careers - opposition doesn’t get much tougher.
Lampard and Gerrard vs. Barcelona
This was Barcelona with not just Lionel Messi but Andres Iniesta and Xavi, too.
But Gerrard and Lampard very often prevailed.
Liverpool knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League at the round-of-16 in 2007 and Lampard was a part of the Chelsea team that defeated the Blaugrana to reach the final in 2012.
Now, a video has emerged showing just how well Gerrard and Lampard played when they came up against the Spanish giants.
The caption that accompanies the video, made by Twitter user Hustler_Futbol, reads: “Both outplayed Xavi and Iniesta and knocked them out despite playing in much weaker sides.
“Both much more complete footballers.”
Gerrard and Lampard themselves enjoyed a fierce competition.
Earlier in the year, the Chelsea legend, who is now the manager of Championship side Derby Country, opened up on what it was like to play against Gerrard.
“If you got him on his day, you could almost forget about it because he was so powerful,” Lampard said.
“Particularly when you used to go up to Anfield, you knew whether Stevie was on his game in the first three minutes because he’d crash through someone.”
Gerrard has also entered management, making a bright start to life as Rangers boss.
Who knows, one day we may see them on the touchline together as the respective managers of Liverpool and Chelsea.