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Retro Football: Steven Gerrard Claims Joe Cole Is Better Than Lionel Messi, 2010

By Alan Duffy


Only four years ago, in an interview with MOTD magazine in 2010, Steven Gerrard claimed that Liverpool’s then new-signing, Joe Cole, was better than a certain Lionel Messi. Stevie G said:

“Messi can do some amazing things, but anything he can do Joe can do as well, if not better. He used to shock us in training by doing footy tricks with a golf ball that most players can’t even do with a football. I really fancy Joe for the [player of the year] award this season.”

Alas, it hasn’t quite turned out as well for Aston Villa new-boy Cole as it has for Barca’s all-conquering Argentine megastar, has it? Whatever you do Stevie, don’t become a scout when your playing days are over.

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By Alan Duffy on June 11th, 2014 in Liverpool, Media, Newsnow. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

5 Responses to “Retro Football: Steven Gerrard Claims Joe Cole Is Better Than Lionel Messi, 2010”

  1. Milkchw says:

    Cole was fantastic on Championship Manager back in 1997 ish.

  2. Ross says:

    I used to try and sign him on Champ Man back in the day too. Although I remember a certain Bobby Zamora being a world beater too!

  3. diamanti says:

    And on PES 2005 ish

  4. Dude says:

    Brian Roy on SWOS was awesome.

  5. Nuno says:

    I still think these statements were a bit distorted out of proportion…
    He said Joe Cole can do the same TRICKS as Messi. Kinda saying he’s a showpony and he should be in those street soccer tricks competitions.

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