Paul Merson is no stranger to making the odd controversial comment in his role as a Sky Sports pundit.
The former Arsenal midfielder, who was a very good player in his day, speaks his mind and entertains viewers on a weekly basis on Soccer Saturday.
But he has caused something of a stir today after claiming that Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger - a World Cup winner with Germany who was hugely successful during his spell with Bayern Munich - is not a “great player” and won’t be remembered as such in the future.
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Merson’s colleague Phil Thompson suggested Schweinsteiger is a great player, but Merson was having none of it.
“He’s not a great player!” Merson responded. “[Johan] Cruyff’s a great player, [Franz] Beckenbauer’s a [great player]”
Merson: People won't remember Schweinsteiger as a great
Merson is also understood to have said - per Full Time Devils - that “in 30 years no one will remember Schweinsteiger as a great player”.
Twitter reacts to Merson's latest comment
It’s safe to say, though, that not everyone agrees with Merson’s opinion. Here’s how Twitter reacted to his latest controversial comment.
Schweinsteiger will be remembered as a great team player
Merson is probably right that Schweinsteiger will not be remembered as a player who was comparable to the likes of Cruyff and Beckenbauer - two genuine legends of the game.
However, the 31-year-old is one of the most decorated players of his generation: having won eight Bundesliga titles, seven German Cups, the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA World Cup Club and the World Cup.
Manchester United fans are still waiting to see the best from Schweinsteiger - Paul Scholes said last week that he expected more from the central midfielder - but there’s no doubt he will be remembered as a fantastic team player when he retires.
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