England and Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard has named Barcelona legends, Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho as the two best players he ever came up against, snubbing Portugal icon, Cristiano Ronaldo in the process.
Lampard who spent 13 trophy-laden seasons with the Blues admitted that it was difficult to leave out Ronaldo from his list, but felt he never came up against the Portuguese at his peak. This despite the former midfielder coming up against Ronaldo both in the Premier League and in the final of the 2008 Champions League.
“There’s two I would say - one is Lionel Messi, because he’s just the best, And I feel bad with Cristiano, because what Cristiano has done in big games, winning finals and stuff, I think that’s such a tight call," he told Coral’s All to Play For Podcast.
“But to play against him [Messi], I didn’t play Ronaldo at his peak. 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. Him and [Samuel] Eto’o on that day, but particularly Ronaldinho’s movements. I was like ‘wow this is different’.”
The 43-year-old for his part has gone into management post retirement, and was in charge of his former club between July, 2019 to January, 2021 post which he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel in the Chelsea dugout.