Steven Gerrard has admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo’s selfish tendencies are the reason for his omission from his all-star five-a-side team.
Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or crowns in a hugely successful career, but Gerrard did not plump for the Juventus superstar when asked for his best ever players.
Explaining the decision on The Greatest Game podcast with old team-mate Jamie Carragher, Gerrard admitted he wanted players that are more team-orientated.
‘There are certain players who are on a different level to anyone else out there, Messi and Ronaldo,’ he said.
‘But Ronaldo doesn’t get in my team. I am more about what you are going to do for the team. He will win you things but I am more about a team player than an individual player.’
Going on to explain the rest of his five-star line-up, Gerrard added: ‘Buffon, the best goalkeeper I have played against.
‘I would go Maldini, he was a hero of mine. One-club man, a lot of European Cups – and a good-looking f***** too.
‘I am going to go attacking with the three best players I have played against. Zidane, the stuff he could do. His legs were always in control of the ball. He used to glide. He was just a god. He was a freak for me.
‘Ronaldinho had a two, three year spell when he was on his own. He did things on a pitch where you think “how has he done that”.’