Frank Lampard Reveals Dream Seven-A-Side Team With Incredible Front Three
Frank Lampard has named his dream seven-a-side team made up of players he has faced - and the front three are incredible.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho make up the attack, with the Chelsea boss having the good fortune (or bad luck, depending on how you see it) to face that amazing trio during his playing days.
"So, I'll go through it: it's [Manuel] Neuer, Rio [Ferdinand], Steven Gerrard, [Zinedine] Zidane, Ronaldinho, Messi and Ronaldo," said Lampard in reply to a question on the best players he's come up against, formed into a seven-a-side team.
"Yeah, that is a sick team to be fair," came the reply from his youthful inquisitor. True words!
Neuer is the keeper Lampard's Chelsea faced when they upset Bayern Munich to win the Champions League in 2012. The midfielder also had plenty of Premier League battles with Gerrard - who he was compared to throughout his career - and their England teammate Ferdinand.
Asked for his opinion on the Messi vs Ronaldo debate, Lampard replied: "This is the horrible question! But I'm sure if I sit on the fence then you're going to ask me for my actual answer.
"I'm going to go on Messi, on pure, natural talent. But what Ronaldo has done has done has been absolutely incredible."
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As well as picking Messi in that eternal discussion, Lampard also singles out two more Barca legends for special praise.
They may not make it into his dream seven-a-side team, but when asked about toughest opponents, Lampard replies: "Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta at Barcelona... They were great players. They were kind of not the biggest and quite slight.
"It just shows it doesn't matter, because sometimes people think you have to be huge to be a footballer player. You don't."
So Lampard's dream seven-man side is as follows. GK: Neuer, DF: Ferdinand, MF: Gerrard, MF: Zidane, FW: Ronaldinho, FW: Messi, FW: Ronaldo (with Xavi and Iniesta presumably on the bench).
All we can say is that Lampard has clearly shared a pitch with some legends in his time - and that that is a team we would definitely not want to face in the rain on a Sunday morning.
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