Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has picked his favourite player between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, while also naming a dream team of his former opponents.
Asked to choose between Messi and Ronaldo during a Q&A session for Hyundai, the 42-year-old head coach said: “I’m gonna go Messi on this on pure, natural talent but what Ronaldo has done has been absolutely incredible.”
Messi and Ronaldo have battled for supremacy at the very highest level for well over a decade, with their rivalry considered to be among the greatest in the history of football. Messi has won six-Ballon d’Or awards to Ronaldo’s five.
Lampard also named two players who used to play alongside Messi when pressed on the toughest players he ever came up against at Chelsea, having faced Barcelona on several occasions at the height of his career.
“I would say Xavi and Iniesta at Barcelona. They were great players, they were kind of not the biggest and quite slight,” he said. “It just shows it doesn’t matter, because sometimes people think you have to be huge to be a footballer player. You don’t.”
Lampard, however, didn’t include Xavi or Iniesta in his dream team of former opponents though, with two of his ex-England team-mates making the final cut along with another Barcelona legend, Bayern Munich’s current goalkeeper and Real Madrid’s World Cup-winning manager.
“It’s Manuel Neuer, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Messi and Ronaldo,” the Chelsea head coach said.
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