Steven Gerrard played either with or against many world-class footballers during his illustrious playing career.
As for the world-class footballers he played against between 1998-2016 (the duration of his career), the list is endless.
But who would get into Gerrard’s all-star five-a-side team?
Naming just the players he played against, and not those he played alongside, Gerrard revealed his dream line-up on the latest episode of ‘The Greatest Game with Jamie Carragher’ podcast.
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Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon
“Buffon, the best goalkeeper I have played against.”
Defender: Paolo Maldini
“I would go Maldini, he was a hero of mine. One-club man, a lot of European Cups - and a good-looking f***er too.”
Midfielder: Zinedine Zidane
“I am going to go attacking with the three best players I have played against. Zidane, the stuff he could do. His legs were always in control of the ball. His big feet - they were like hands! He could just caress the ball. He used to glide.
“He was just a god. You got freaks in football and he was a freak for me.”
“My favourite Barcelona team is still the Ronaldinho team. He had a two, three year spell when he was on his own. He did things on a pitch where you think ‘f***ing hell, how has he done that?’.”
Forward: Lionel Messi
“There are certain players who are on a different level to anyone else out there, Messi and Ronaldo,” he said.
“But Ronaldo doesn't get in my team. I am more about what you are going to do for the team. What are we going to achieve together? Ronaldo will win you things but I am more about a team player than an individual player, so I’ll always go down that road.”
Interestingly, Gerrard also revealed that, in his opinion, Roy Keane was a better midfielder than Patrick Vieira, Lampard and Scholes.
“Lampard was a better goalscorer, Scholes had a bit of both - he could control the tempo of a game , Vieira was unstoppable when he got into his stride.
"They all have their own attributes but when I first come on and I was still young, Keane was a f***ing right challenge just because of how fit he was. He was physically strong. People don’t really talk about how good he was at passing the ball, breaking the lines and playing it around you. He was top drawer.”
Despite that, Gerrard still gave the nod to Zidane in his five-a-side line-up - and it’s hard to argue with his selection. The Frenchman is unquestionably one of the all-time great midfielders.News Now - Sport News