Lampard ignores Ronaldo, names best players he ever faced
Frank Lampard, the former Chelsea manager, has snubbed Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, and named Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi and Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho, as the two best players he ever faced during his career.
Lampard, who played against Ronaldo, Messi and Ronaldinho during his career, insisted that he felt bad for the Portugal captain.
“There is two I would say – one is Lionel Messi, because he is just the best, And I feel bad with Cristiano [Ronaldo] because what Cristiano has done in big games, winning finals and stuff, I think that is such a tight call,” Lampard told Coral’s All to Play For Podcast.
“But to play against him [Messi], I didn’t play Ronaldo at his peak. I played him at Man United when he was getting towards it, but not at Real Madrid, where he was just ridiculous. I didn’t really come up against him then, but I feel like I did with Messi and I never got near him and he was just amazing.
“And the other one is Ronaldinho, because in 2005, we went to the Nou Camp, it was my first encounter with a player on a different planet. He and Eto’o on that day, but particularly Ronaldinho’s movements. I was like ‘wow this is different’.”