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‘Cold as ice’ – Rio Ferdinand makes controversial Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard claim

Rio Ferdinand would have taken Frank Lampard over Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes when all three midfielders were in their prime.

The English trio were all part of the same generation, with the Three Lions boasting three of the greatest midfielders to ever grace the shores.

Former Chelsea star and most recently manager Lampard – who was the most prolific out of the three – is the Premier League’s fifth highest goal scorer of all-time, with an incredible 177 goals from the centre of midfield.

Gerrard captained Liverpool from the age of 23 and became a club legend with the Reds – and came close to a move to Chelsea in 2005.

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Scholes was one of the most graceful central midfielders in Manchester United’s history and won a ridiculous 17 major honours with the club.

However, when analysing the three, former United defender Ferdinand named Lampard as the best of the trio.

He said on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube channel,: “If I’m a manager I take Frank because he’s going to get me 20 (goals) a year. As a manager I want them to define matches, he’s going to get me 20 and probably double-figures in assists.”

Before he continued: “Scholesy was a joke to play with. I played with him when he played just in front of me and he just conducted the game.

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“When I first went to United when he played off Ruud van Nistelrooy and he was unplayable, I think he scored 20 odd goals that season. An unbelievable talent, all round.

“Scholesy is hard to keep out, he’s probably my favourite player I played with. I used to thank him for letting me be on the same pitch as him – he used to think I was mad, for sure.

“He didn’t score as much as Frank, Frank’s the most potent out of all of them in terms of goals – none of them can get near Frank. Goals and assists, Frank dwarfs everybody…

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