Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has named three ex-Premier League stars in his dream seven-a-side team.
The former midfielder played against some of the greatest talents to ever grace the field both at home and abroad during his career.
Lampard – who came second in the 2005 Ballon d’Or award – even holds the impressive record as the highest-scoring midfielder in Premier League history, ranking fifth in the all-time list overall.
Despite having won the division three times with Chelsea though, as well as every trophy on offer, he was asked to pick a team of players he had come up against, thus excluding any of his old Blues colleagues.
Ex-Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand was included at the back, having also played with Lampard at international level, as well as in the early stages of their careers at West Ham.
He then plumped for Bayern Munich stopper Manuel Neuer in goal, who was between the sticks on arguably the greatest night of Lampard’s career when he captained Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012.
Reserving his best selections for his attack, Lampard completed his trio of ex-Premier League picks by adding Cristiano Ronaldo to his side.
Setting up alongside the Portuguese superstar – once of Man Utd – Lampard opted for legendary Barcelona forward Ronaldinho, as well as, somewhat predictably, Lionel Messi.
It was in fact Ronaldinho who pipped Lampard to the Ballon d’Or in ’05, with Gerrard making up the podium.
Asked who he would choose between his other two frontmen, Lampard replied: “This is a horrible question. I’m going to go for Messi on pure, natural talent but what Ronaldo has done is incredible.”
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He also gave special mention to legendary Barca duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta, who narrowly missed out despite Lampard naming them as the two hardest opponents he came up against.
“They were the two midfield players,” he added. “They were great players. They were kind of not the biggest and quite slight and it just shows it doesn’t matter.
“Sometimes people think you have to be huge to be a football player. You don’t.”
Lampard’s dream VII: Neuer, Ferdinand, Gerrard, Zidane, Ronaldinho, Messi, Ronaldo