Frank Lampard enjoyed a glittering playing career which took him from West Ham to New York City via Chelsea and Manchester City.
A man with 177 Premier League goals, three titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, a Champions League and Europa League triumph to his name was fortunate enough to play alongside some of the world’s top talent.
Lampard also earned 106 caps for England, as he formed part of the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ for the Three Lions.
He represented his country in an era of David Beckham, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Co, but the 39-year-old has preferred to focus on the domestic scene when piecing together a top five of the best players he played with for Planet Football.
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“First and foremost they are great footballers, but they are also winners and that is what sets them apart from most players.
“In the big games, when it matters the most, these men, and that is what they are, stood up to be counted, and they are comfortably the top two I have played with for that reason.”
“There is no limit to how far he can go. Hazard is the most naturally gifted player I played with and on his day he is unstoppable.
“He has said he wants to be up there with the best players in the world and he has the talent to do that. He just needs to add the consistency and the goals of a Messi or a Ronaldo to be considered in that class.”
“He means so much to Chelsea fans. Of all the foreign players who came to the club at the start of the new era if you like, Zola is the one the fans loved more than any other.
“He was fantastic on and off the field. A great fella and a fantastic footballer.”
“I was not at Man City for long, but straight away you could see that this guy was world class. The goals he scored on the training pitch every day were frightening and he took that on to the field.
“You only need to look at his record since he came to City to appreciate what a class act he is and he was great to play with.”