Frank Lampard’s most difficult opponent isn’t Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Frank Lampard, a former Chelsea midfielder, has named World Cup winner Andres Iniesta as the toughest opponent he faced during his playing career, ignoring Messi and Ronaldo.
Frank Lampard has revealed who his most difficult opponent was during his playing career, and it is not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Instead, the retired England international has named Andres Iniesta, a former Barcelona midfielder, as his toughest opponent from his playing days.
Iniesta has won the Champions League four times, as well as the World Cup in 2010 and two European Championships with Spain.
Lampard played against Iniesta 13 times during his career, with Chelsea, Manchester City, and the England national team, winning only four of their meetings on the pitch.
During an appearance on Overlap Xtra, the former Derby County and Chelsea manager revealed the news to Gary Neville and explained his decision.
“On you, he could go either way,” Lampard added.
“Not many midfielders in that central area wanted to take you on as much as you did.
“They want a pass so they can run, and I’ve played against some great players, including Stevie G, who is physically amazing.
“However, there were times when he’d open up on you and take you either way, which meant you couldn’t get close to him.”
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“When he and Xavi were in that team, they were extraordinary.”
Lampard went on to tell Neville that in the debate between Ronaldo and his great rival Messi, he now supports Ronaldo.
Lampard faced Iniesta 13 times during his career, with the Spaniard winning five of those encounters.
Lampard’s team is evenly split between wins and draws in the remaining eight matches.
Iniesta has never won the Ballon d’Or, but he was runner-up in 2010 and third in 2012, and he was named UEFA Player of the Year in 2012.
Lampard finished second in 2005, behind Ronaldinho, another former Barcelona player.
Since leaving Chelsea in January, the 43-year-old has been out of management, but has expressed interest in returning to the dugout in recent weeks.
He was heavily linked with the Norwich City job, but he reportedly turned it down, and he was also reportedly interviewed for the vacant Aston Villa position, but Steven Gerrard beat him to it.