Rio Ferdinand snaps Paul Scholes, citing Frank Lampard as the midfielder he would choose for the ‘disrespected’ United icon and Steven Gerrard, who ‘didn’t play in a great team’ at Liverpool.
- Rio Ferdinand played alongside all three midfielders during his playing career
- Ferdinand paid tribute to Paul Scholes, his Man United teammate
- Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard was Ferdinand’s teammate with England
- But Ferdinand’s choice of who he would choose to play might surprise some people
Rio Ferdinand has expressed his verdict on who was the best midfielder between Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
In an unenviable task for someone who played at club or international level with all three, Ferdinand decided that if he were a manager choosing between the trio, he would go with Chelsea hero Lampard.
It is Lampard’s goals and assists that sharpened it in Ferdinand’s eyes, but he still paid tribute to Scholes and Gerrard’s talents.
Rio Ferdinand has talked about how good Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes were
Ferdinand said that if he were a manager, Lampard is the midfielder he would choose for his team
Speak on his Vibe with five YouTube channels, Ferdinand said, ‘If I’m a manager, I’ll take Frank because he’ll bring me 20 (goals) a year. As a manager I want them to define matches, he will give me 20 and probably double digits in assists. ‘
But Ferdinand revealed that Scholes was his favorite player to share the field of his career and added that if he bought a ticket to watch one of the three play, he would choose Gerrard.
“Scholesy was a joke to play with humans,” said Ferdinand. ‘I played with him when he was playing right in front of me and he was conducting the game. When I first went to United when he played against Ruud van Nistelrroy and he was unplayable, I think he scored 20 odd goals that season. An incredible talent, all round.
‘Scholesy is hard to keep out, he is probably my favorite player I played with. I always thanked him for leaving me on the same field – he always thought I was crazy, sure.
Ferdinand paid tribute to Scholes (third from the left) and his ability to influence matches from midfield
Ferdinand also paid tribute to Gerrard’s (left) skill and his ‘woah’ moments in practice
‘He didn’t score as much as Frank, Frank is the most powerful of them all in terms of goals – none of them can come close to Frank. Goals and assists, Frank makes everyone small and he was freezing cold in the box. ‘
Looking at Gerrard’s career, Ferdinand paid tribute to his exploits in the 2005 Champions League Final and 2006 FA Cup Final.
But Gerrard was very often the jewel in the crown on several Liverpool teams who couldn’t compare man-for-man to the all-conquering Chelsea and United teams that included Lampard and Scholes.
“Stevie was like Roy van de Rovers,” said Ferdinand. He just dragged a match by his scruff, on big occasions – Champions League semifinals, finals, FA Cup finals.
“The problem with Stevie, if he was on a great team, I’d love to see his impact. In great teams you normally share the load a bit more.
Ferdinand said Gerrard was a ‘Roy of the Rovers’ midfielder who could turn games around
Ferdinand added that Scholes was his favorite player to play with during his career on the field
‘On his team it had to be him, the ball had to go to him and it had to be him all the time. So in big teams, better teams that win leagues, it gets a little bit divided. Yes, we had Ronaldo, but we had Rooney and we had Tevez too.
When I buy a ticket to go to a game, I choose Gerrard for those explosive moments that the other two don’t have. It changes the whole dynamics of a football game with a tackle or a shot at goal.
Every workout he did something and you would go “woah”. Crazy player. If you had him at United we would have done everything and more. ‘
Scholes, meanwhile, had a harder time cementing his place in the England international squad compared to Lamaprd and Gerrard and was notoriously asked to play on the left side of midfield under Sven Goran Eriksson.
“Disrespectful,” said Ferdinand. ‘He is an incredible player. We played a rigid 4-4-2 and you ask Scholesy, who is not a runner, to play left wing. I did not like it. ‘