Gerrard and Lampard both had same change of mind in Messi vs Ronaldo GOAT debate
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have both had a change of heart when it comes to the GOAT debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The pair famously couldn't work together for England on the pitch, but they can agree that Ronaldo is better than Messi. Gerrard is the latest to have changed his tune, referring to Ronaldo as "the GOAT" in an interview.
"The arrival of 'The GOAT' as we call him, Cristiano, him arriving in January obviously was a huge signing," Gerrard said. "He still had a lot of football to offer. So, from afar, for six months, I was looking in at Cristiano Ronaldo's results, at the league, watching some games and watching some highlights.
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"I think from that moment, the league around the world had become a very popular talking point for everyone. After Cristiano's arrival, even more big-name signings, talents and skill sets were joining the league."
Last year, speaking on The Overlap, Gerrard had picked Messi as the GOAT: "I think they're both operating on a different planet to every footballer that's ever lived.
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"But Messi, for me, is more of a team player. If he's in on goal, he'll look for a pass as well as obviously posting really, really good numbers individually as well."
Lampard has also swapped in past years, having picked Messi in 2020: "I'm gonna go Messi on this on pure, natural talent. But what Ronaldo has done has been absolutely incredible."
However, speaking on The Overlap, Lampard noted: "You know what, I've always been a Messi man…
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"And then I watched your debate with Jamie Carragher recently," referencing a recent debate on Monday Night Football.
"I actually think for Ronaldo's output and actual numbers, and goals in big finals and semi-finals like we've seen, I think I maybe give him the edge. That's going to start a load of hate, now!"
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