Paul Scholes Reacts to Question About If He Was Better Than Gerrard

Paul Scholes Reacts to Question About If He Was Better Than Gerrard

Fred Kennedy
updated at September 12, 2023 at 3:18 PM
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  • Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard are widely regarded among the best midfielders to play in the Premier League
  • Opinion is often divided among fans and pundits on who between the two was the better in the middle of the park
  • Gerrard has since transitioned into football management and is currently on the books of Saudi side Al-Ettifaq

Paul Scholes was pressured to delve into the long-running debate about who the better player is between himself and Steven Gerrard.

The midfield duo dominated the Premier League during their respective careers with Liverpool and Manchester United.

Paul Scholes celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford in 2012. Photo by Alex Livesey.
Paul Scholes celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford in 2012. Photo by Alex Livesey.
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Just like the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi debate, fans and pundits have always been torn apart on who between Scholes and Gerrard was the better midfielder.

According to The Mirror, the duo spent years as rivals with their respective clubs and as teammates with the England national team.

Scholes speaks on Gerrard debate

Recently, Scholes was asked if he believed he was better than the Liverpool legend.

Speaking during an interview on the Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE podcast, the Man United icon admitted it was difficult to decide which player was better.

"I can't answer that. Gerrard's a great player… I'm not saying myself. We're different, we're very different," the former Man United midfielder said.

Scholes then attempted to explain the difference in their mentalities as players.

"[Gerrard is] an athlete. I think he was more of a match-winner, but he was playing in a team where he probably had to be. I was more part of a team. He was more individual, I think," he added.

Meanwhile, Gerrard has since transitioned into football management and is currently plying his trade with Saudi Pro League side, Al-Ettifaq.

Gerrard's Al-Ettifaq defeat Ronaldo-less Al-Nassr

Sports Brief previously reported on Al-Nassr encountering an initial setback in the 2023-24 Saudi Pro League, experiencing an opening day defeat against Al-Ettifaq.

Under the guidance of Liverpool legend, Gerrard, Faris Ad-Dahna orchestrated a second-half comeback to secure victory over a side that truly missed Cristiano Ronaldo.

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