Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand has sparked controversy by making a choice between Karim Benzema, Robert Lewandowski, and Luis Suarez during their prime years.
This trio stands as some of the finest modern-era strikers, each boasting top division titles and remarkable individual achievements.
Currently holding the Ballon d’Or title, Benzema stands as a prominent figure. Lewandowski, on the other hand, secured The Best FIFA Men’s Player award in both 2020 and 2021.
Suarez clinched the Champions League victory with Barcelona in 2015, an honor that Benzema has claimed five times and Lewandowski has yet to achieve. Additionally, Suarez earned a place in the FIFPro World XI in 2016.
Lewandowski boasts the highest number of career goals among the three, and notably, he remains active in Europe through his association with Barcelona. Benzema, on the other hand, now competes in the Saudi Pro League with Al Ittihad, after departing Real Madrid as a free transfer earlier in the summer.
While Lewandowski’s prime was most evident during his tenure at Bayern Munich, Suarez experienced his peak towards the end of his time at Liverpool, where he proved virtually unstoppable to Premier League defenders. This remarkable form transitioned smoothly into his spell at Barcelona.
In the midst of these discussions, Rio Ferdinand has shared his perspective on which of the trio stood out the most during their prime years. As a result, his remarks have sparked significant debate and conversation among fans.
Rio Ferdinand chooses between Benzema, Lewandowski and Suarez
Speaking on his YouTube channel ‘Vibe with FIVE’, Ferdinand’s opinion was unequivocal on which striker was harder to play against.
He stated: “Prime Benzema. He was the hardest to play against.”
Ferdinand played against Benzema when United took on Real Madrid at the last 16 stage of the Champions League in 2013 – although plenty would argue that was before the Frenchman hit his prime.
He faced Suarez on numerous occasions in the Premier League when the Uruguayan was a Liverpool player – but clearly felt that it was Benzema who was his toughest opponent.
However, fans of various clubs had different views on which of the trio was the best player in their prime.
One wrote: “Anyone who says anything but Suarez is a bloody liar.”
A second said: “As much as I love Benzema, Suarez will always be on top of my list of all time best strikers.”
A third added: “Suarez by the far the best player on this list.”
Another claimed: “How has he managed to pick the worst one out of the three haha.”
A few fans, however, agreed with Ferdinand’s view. One said: “Prime Benzema is sooo much better!”
Another claimed: “Even though Rio never played for us, I feel like he is a real Madridista.”
Who do you think was the better striker in their prime? Let us know.