The debate over who was the better player among Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, and Frank Lampard has been a long-standing one in football circles, and opinions often vary depending on club allegiances.
Scholes, when asked, may have naturally expressed confidence in his abilities, but it’s essential to remember that each of these midfielders had a unique style and brought different qualities to the game, making it challenging to definitively say who was the best. Ultimately, it’s a matter of personal preference and the attributes you value most in a player.
Speaking recently on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE, Scholes was asked who was the better player out of him and Gerrard.
He said: “I can’t answer that. Gerrard. Gerrard’s a great player…
“We’re different, we’re very different… he’s an athlete. I think he’s more of a match winner. But, he was playing in a team where he probably had to be”
Scholes added: “I was more part of a team. He was more individual I think… I wouldn’t be able to do what he did at Liverpool.
“Whether he could’ve done it at United, I don’t know. I don’t see why not. But I couldn’t have done what he did at Liverpool, no.”
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Back in July, Scholes’ former United teammate, Teddy Sheringham also picked Gerrard.
He said: “I’m going to go for Steven Gerrard. I know he didn’t win the league as a Liverpool player, but I think he was probably the best single player of his era over a 20-year span.
“I know the Man United boys won’t be happy with that, but I just felt that he could do everything. He could run, he could tackle, he could score goals, he could head the ball, he could defend. He could do everything.”
Sheringham continued: “You could put him in any position on the football pitch, and he would be the man.”