The raging debate of who was better – Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard – has often been discussed by English football fans, but Brazilian legend Kaka has now weighed in.
Ex-Liverpool captain Gerrard famously skippered the Reds to Champions League glory in 2005, but never managed to get his hands on a Premier League winners medal.
Lampard, meanwhile, won both at Chelsea, and remains the highest-scoring midfielder in Premier League history, but arguably was less of a defensive force than Gerrard.
Their differing styles always made for a riveting argument over who was better.
But former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Brazil attacking-midfielder made it sound like it was an easy choice to decide who he’d pick in his team.
“I like Gerrard,” Kaka opined. “Because we had this challenge between ourselves in 2005 and 2007, I really admire him.
“Of course, Lampard was pretty amazing. Scholes, the classic. But I’ll have Gerrard.”
Gerrard’s Liverpool team beat Kaka’s Milan side in the Champions League final in Istanbul in 2005, coming back from 3-0 down at half-time to win on penalties.
And opening up on the cruel memory, Kaka admits that a number of mistakes cost them the trophy, insisting he learned some important lessons that no doubt helped them get revenge in the 2007 final.
“The Champions League final, because of the way it happened,” Kaka added when asked what his most painful defeat was.
“It was painful to lose in 2006, but we just conceded a goal and made a lot of mistakes.
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“In 2005, we were winning 3-0. Man, for four-five minutes we were going to win the Champions League…
“But in six minutes we conceded three goals, despite having one of the best defences in football history.
“It was tough, but it was one of the best lessons I had in my career.”
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