Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has named the five best players he played alongside during his career as a footballer.
Four former Chelsea players and a Manchester City star headlined Frank Lampard’s top five list of his best teammates.
The 43-year-old is regarded as one of English football’s greatest midfielders and enjoyed an incredible career, which included a goal and trophy-laden 13-year spell at Chelsea. He also played for Premier League duo West Ham and Manchester City as well as MLS side New York City before retiring in 2017.
Now in an interview with Planet Football, Lampard has identified the following five players as his greatest teammates.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City – 2014 to 2015)
“I was not at Man City for long, but straight away you could see that this guy was world-class. The goals he scored on the training pitch every day were frightening and he took that on to the field.
“You only need to look at his record since he came to City to appreciate what a class act he is and he was great to play with.”
Gianfranco Zola (Chelsea – 2001 to 2003)
“He means so much to Chelsea fans. Of all the foreign players who came to the club at the start of the new era if you like, Zola is the one the fans loved more than any other.
“He was fantastic on and off the field. A great fella and a fantastic footballer.”
Eden Hazard (Chelsea – 2012 to 2014)
“There is no limit to how far he can go. Hazard is the most naturally gifted player I played with and on his day he is unstoppable.
“He has said he wants to be up there with the best players in the world and he has the talent to do that. He just needs to add the consistency and the goals of a Messi or a Ronaldo to be considered in that class.”
John Terry and Didier Drogba (Chelsea – 2001 to 2014)
“First and foremost they are great footballers, but they are also winners and that is what sets them apart from most players.
“In the big games, when it matters the most, these men, and that is what they are, stood up to be counted, and they are comfortably the top two I have played with for that reason.”