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Rio Ferdinand Picks Between Scholes, Gerrard And Lampard - His Answer May Surprise You

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Rio Ferdinand Picks Between Scholes, Gerrard And Lampard - His Answer May Surprise You

Rio Ferdinand has weighed in on the Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard debate - and his answer may surprise you.

Ferdinand sits in a pretty good position to give his verdict having played with all three during his illustrious career.

He played with Scholes at Manchester United while Liverpool legend Gerrard and Chelsea hero Lampard were his teammates with England.

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But when discussing his preference out of the three all-time great midfielders, Ferdinand snubbed Scholes and named Lampard.

The ex-Leeds United and Manchester United defender edged it to the former Blue star for his goals and assists.

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Speaking on his YouTube channel, he explained: "If I'm a manager I take Frank because he's going to get me 20 (goals) a year.

"As a manager I want them to define matches, he's going to get me 20 and probably double-figures in assists."

But Ferdinand named Scholes as his favourite player to play with, while showering Gerrard with praise - saying that if he was to buy a ticket to see any of the three play, he would choose the ex-Liverpool captain.

"Scholesy was a joke to play with man. I played with him when he played just in front of me and he just conducted the game. When I first went to United when he played off Ruud van Nistelrooy and he was unplayable, I think he scored 20 odd goals that season. An unbelievable talent, all round.

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"Scholesy is hard to keep out, he's probably my favourite player I played with. I used to thank him for letting me be on the same pitch as him - he used to think I was mad, for sure.

"He didn't score as much as Frank, Frank's the most potent out of all of them in terms of goals - none of them can get near Frank. Goals and assists, Frank dwarfs everybody and he was cold as ice in the box."

On Gerrard, he added: "Stevie was like Roy of the Rovers.

"He would just drag a game by the scruff of its neck, in big occasions - Champions League semi-finals, finals, FA Cup finals.

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"The problem with Stevie, if he was in a great team then I'd like to see his impact then. In great teams you normally share the load a little bit more.

"In 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 are winning leagues it is a little bit shared out. Yeah, we had Ronaldo but we had Rooney and we had Tevez as well."

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Ferdinand continued: "If I'm buying a ticket to go to a game, I'm picking Gerrard for those explosive moments that the other two don't have. He changes the whole dynamics of a football match with a tackle or a shot at goal.

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"Every training session, he'd do something and you'd go 'woah.'

"Mad player. If you had him at United, we'd have done all sorts and even more."

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Topics: Frank Lampard, Liverpool, Paul Scholes, Football News, Chelsea, Football, Manchester United, England, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard

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