Lampard names best two he ever played – doesn’t pick Ronaldo

Frank Lampard left out Cristiano Ronaldo when he was asked who were the best two players he has ever played against.

The former Chelsea manager and midfielder, played against the Ronaldo, during the later years of the Portuguese star's first spell with Manchester United.

Lampard also scored against his side in the 2008 Champions League final, where the Reds overcame the Blues on penalties in what was possibly the most famous match between the two sides.

However, despite playing against the now 37-year-old – in the season when he scored 42 goals and contributed eight assists in 49 matches in all competitions – Lampard identified two Barcelona players as the best he ever played against.

“There’s two that I would say – one is Messi, because I think he’s just the best,” said Lampard

“The other one is Ronaldinho, because in 2005, we went to the Nou Camp, it was my first encounter of a player on a different planet.

“Him an Eto’o on that day, but particularly Ronaldinho’s movements, I was like, wow, this is different.”

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After Ronaldo left Manchester United to join Real Madrid for a world record £80m in 2009, he went on to win four Champions League titles with Los Blancos.

But, Lampard feels he never played against the Portuguese star when he was at the very peak of his powers at the Bernabeu.

“I didn’t play Ronaldo at his peak. I played him at Man United and he was getting towards it, but not in those years at Madrid, where he was just ridiculous,” Lampard said to Coral.

“I feel bad with Cristiano, because what he has done in massive games, and winning finals and stuff; I think that’s such a tight call.

“I didn’t really come against him then, but I feel I did with Messi, and I never got near him – he was just amazing.”

11 years since Ronaldo’s shocking move to the Spanish capital, he is back in United red where he has already hit the ground running with four goals in his first three matches.

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