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Jamie Carragher names Chelsea’s ‘higher model of him’, ‘God-like’ Lionel Messi, and Arsenal icon amongst greatest opponents


Nov 11, 2020
Jamie Carragher names Chelsea’s ‘better version of him’, ‘God-like’ Lionel Messi, and Arsenal icon among best opponents

Jamie Carragher joined Adrian Durham on Tuesday’s Drivetime – and the Liverpool legend didn’t disappoint!

The previous England defender – who famously clashed with Durham on the identical present in 2007 following his determination to retire from worldwide responsibility – mentioned a spread of matters throughout this three-hour look.

Liverpool legend Carragher joined talkSPORT on Tuesday

Carragher mentioned Paul Pogba’s legacy at Manchester United, why he thinks Wayne Rooney will likely be Derby’s subsequent supervisor and why Jurgen Klopp MUST drop Roberto Firmino for Diogo Jota in his Liverpool assault – plus rather more!

Carragher, one of the crucial outstanding pundits in soccer, additionally revealed who the hardest 5 opponents had been that he got here up towards throughout his illustrious 16-year enjoying profession – with a former England teammate making the lower!

5. Paolo Maldini

Maldini is undoubtedly one of many biggest defenders of all time
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“I performed towards him within the Champions League last [in May 2005] and I’ll always remember earlier than the sport he did an interview and he really talked about me in it and I used to be like ‘oh my god, Maldini is aware of who I’m’.

“I’ve really obtained his shirt from that last. They left every part within the dressing room, they left their medals, shirts, every part.

“We had plenty of younger lads who got here on the journey and so they simply went in and raided the dressing room!”

4. John Terry

Terry is Chelsea’s most adorned participant of all time, having gained 4 Premier Leagues, 5 FA Cups and three League Cups. He additionally has Champions League and Europa League medals to his identify
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“For me he was one of the best centre again of the Premier League period. He was my kind of participant.  He was mainly a greater model of me to be trustworthy.

“I feel his soccer means is massively underrated. He was an awesome participant. After I was going by means of my record I didn’t have an English participant and I needed to get somebody in there and I assumed I’d go for John Terry as I couldn’t get Stevie [Gerrard] in!

“He may change the ball 40/50 yards on his left foot. I all the time felt it was John Terry who was the defender and Rio Ferdinand was the footballer, however Rio was a significantly better defender than he was given credit score for and I feel John Terry was a significantly better footballer than he was given credit score for.”

3. Xavi

Xavi loved an illustrious profession with Barcelona and he was desperately unfortunate to not win the Ballon d’Or

“Love him. I spoke to him for the guide, we’re really in touch now – we textual content one another… nicely I textual content him! Get that on social media trending!

“I feel he’s the best midfielder I can consider. In case you mentioned to me choose your greatest midfielder I’d go for Xavi.

“He was participant of the event in World Cups and European Championship when Spain dominated, identical to what Barcelona did domestically.

“I’ve interviewed him as soon as for the paper [Daily Mail] paper and it was a giant factor for me. And I obtained him maintain of him for my new guide the place Xavi is speaking about Barcelona beating Manchester United at Wembley within the Champions League last.

“It was an awesome honour for me to talk with him as he’s the primary by way of midfielders.”

Requested if he was higher than Gerrard, Carra mentioned: “Sure. Stevie and him had been fully completely different gamers and also you see what he did for us [Liverpool.]

“What I might all the time say is Stevie obtained objectives and all that, however what Stevie did for Liverpool, him and all of us couldn’t then take it on to a World Cup stage [with England].

“Xavi’s sport at Barcelona was fully completely different and was about protecting the ball and protecting the workforce enjoying.

“No-one may cease him doing what he did, you couldn’t cease Xavi working a sport – it was inconceivable.

“He did that in World Cup finals what he did each week for Barcelona, so he performed his half – in what his sport was – at each stage of soccer.”

2. Lionel Messi

Messi was undoubtedly one of many biggest gamers of all time
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“He’s obtained to be in there. I performed towards him when he was a younger lad and he actually wasn’t the Messi of the Pep [Guardola] period.

“However we [Liverpool] performed towards the Barcelona workforce, who had been reigning European champions, in 2006 and Messi was on the appropriate wing, Ronaldinho was on the left wing and Samuel Eto’o was upfront. It was some entrance three!

“We beat them on the Camp Nou 2-1 and we misplaced at house 1-0 – Eidur Gudjohnsen scored – however we went by means of on the away purpose.

“He’s simply an absolute god and there’s no manner I couldn’t put him in my prime 5.”

1. Thierry Henry

Henry was one of the best participant Carragher got here up towards
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“Everybody guessed this one. I feel most individuals would agree with me in saying he’s the best participant to ever play within the Premier League.

“That Arsenal workforce, of that period, I nonetheless say was one of the best workforce I ever performed towards – even once I’m pondering of the Milan, Madrid’s and Barcelona’s sides I confronted.

“Probably they [Arsenal and Henry] underachieved by way of by no means successful the Champions League.

“He was implausible and positively the hardest participant I ever got here up towards. I feel he was one of the best participant on the earth for a 12 months or two round that period with Arsenal.”