Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has expressed his pride on Instagram after being named in UEFA’s all-time XI.
Gerrard beat the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Pavel Nedved and Kaka to secure a place in UEFA’s midfield three alongside Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
It’s fair to say Gerrard is pretty happy with the news - scroll down this page to find out what he’s said on Instagram today.
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“So proud to be named in this team/squad. Littered with world class talent,” Gerrard commented, alongside a photo of the XI. “Squad rotation would not be a problem either 👍#uefa.com”
Gerrard won the Champions League in 2005 and was instrumental in Liverpool’s path to European glory that season, but it’s fair to say that the decision include the former England captain didn’t go down well with everyone.
Gerrard over Zidane - really?
There were plenty who felt that Zidane - who scored one of the best ever Champions League goals for Real Madrid in 2002 final against Bayer Leverkusen - would have been more deserving of a place in the XI.
No Scholes or Lampard?
As well as those on the substitutes’ bench, other fans were up in arms that neither Paul Scholes nor Frank Lampard made the squad.
But Liverpool fans were happy...
Gerrard was perhaps a little fortunate
There were few complaints about the decision to include the likes of Iker Casillas, Carles Puyol, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - but Gerrard’s inclusion was undoubtedly the main talking point.
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