The 49-year-old Manchester United legend is widely revered as one of the best midfielders in the history of the Premier League.
Keane, who was captain at United, won an incredible seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League during his illustrious 12 years at Old Trafford.
The former Republic of Ireland international built a formidable reputation for his no-nonsense approach and played alongside Scholes in the heart of the United midfield.
However, Keane admitted his aggressive playing style and brilliant role as a box-to-box midfielder wasn't enough to put him in the same conversation as Scholes, Gerrard and Lampard.
"When you compare me to players -- people talk about Scholes, Gerrard, Lampard -- these guys were way better than me," he told the Irish Independent.
When Keane was quizzed on Lampard being better than him, the Premier League legend stood firm on his verdict.
"Yeah. Gerrard and Scholesy, too," he repeated.
"I'm not saying they had the same influence in their teams as me and I couldn't compete with the guys, but, yeah, they were better than me.
"I had lads at Rockmount better than me. I'm under no illusions about that."
Keane would leave Old Trafford in 2005 to play for Celtic before announcing his retirement from football in 2006.
Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has revealed in the past that he would pick United legend Scholes ahead of Gerrard and Lampard.
But Scholes has vented frustration over the hotly debated topic by insisting that he is "sick to death of hearing about this."
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