Lampard Names African Star Among 5 Toughest Midfielders He Faced
Frank Lampard Names African Star Among 5 Toughest Midfielders He Faced
Three-time Premier League winner and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has named an African among the five toughest midfielders he faced in his playing career.
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While doing some punditry work for the BBC, the former Stamford Bridge star watched his former Manchester City teammate Yaya Toure play his final home match for the for the Citizens against Brighton Hove & Albion on Wednesday.
Lampard, who was on the pundits panel for the evening, told his colleagues that he had the utmost respect for the Ivorian and revealed that he rates African as one of the toughest players he ever had to face.
"I would put Yaya Toure in the top five of the toughest midfield opponents I faced in my career, and at his peak, he could change games on his own," Lampard told BBC Sport.
"Steven Gerrard probably edges it as the best I have played against, for his consistency over the years, but Yaya is up there along with Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira and Paul Scholes –which shows how highly I rate him.
"Every midfielder has different attributes but the best players are the ones you fear, and I certainly did that when I was up against Yaya.
"Even some of the very best play within themselves slightly, but he did not. He would hurt you by going forward and by scoring goals at the end of it, which is always a great trait that not many midfield players have."
Toure has made 316 appearances for City so far, scoring 79 goals and assisting a further 50 strikes.
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