Chelsea icon snubs Lampard & Terry naming Man Utd hero as ‘greatest English participant’

Ex-Chelsea star John Obi Mikel declared Paul Scholes as one of the best English participant – forward of former team-mates Frank Lampard and John Terry.

The former Nigeria worldwide spent 11 years on the West London membership the place he received a plethora of trophies together with two Premier League trophies, 4 FA Cup’s and one Champions League title. During his tenure at Chelsea, he got here up in opposition to Manchester United in a number of finals together with the 2008 Champions League finale which Mikel misplaced on penalties due to Edwin Van De Sar saving Nicolas Anelka’s spot-kick.

It was apparent one participant from the Red Devils had a profound impact on the 36-year-old as throughout an look on Rio Ferdinand’s ‘Vibe with Five’ podcast on Thursday (November 16), he admitted Paul Scholes is one of the best English participant, shunning his long-time team-mates Frank Lampard and John Terry.

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“For me, he’s the best English player,” he mentioned to ex-England worldwide. “He’s absolutely brilliant, the way he played the game, and we all think he’s probably the only English midfielder that would get into the Barcelona crew again then, he was that good.”

Mikel added that the Englishman was any individual you “enjoyed watching” and a participant who carried out with “swagger”. His opinion, whereas it might not go down with Chelsea followers all too nicely, have been definitely appreciated by Man United followers with one X person writing: “Scholesy… the difference is clear” whereas a second fan commented: “Another one who says scholes is the best they play against.”

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John Obi Mikel spent 11 years with Chelsea
The ex-Chelsea star paid excessive reward to Paul Scholes

He captained the side to five Premier League titles
John Terry spent 19 years of his skilled profession at Chelsea

Mikel not too long ago began up The Obi One Podcast, the place he opens on his soccer profession which got here to an finish final 12 months after a short-term stint with Kuwait. The former midfielder revealed how he and fellow Chelsea team-mates would encourage one another when bumping into membership rivals on an evening out.

Scholes won the Champions League in 2008 in a penalty shoot-out win against Mikel's Chelsea
The pair had loads of battles when Chelsea would tackle Manchester United

He's managed the club twice, with the most recent stint in an interim capacity
Frank Lampard is Chelsea’s file objective scorer

Mikel mentioned: “And also, you have to think about going out on a Saturday night, where you see all the players from Manchester United and Liverpool in Mayfair, Arsenal, everybody is there. You don’t want to be that guy sitting there and you didn’t play.

“What are you doing right here? What are you doing on an evening out partying? You need to be that man who performed. And you are out, having an excellent time.

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“That was almost a motivation. That was a motivation. I know it doesn’t sound right saying it but that was a motivation. The ego was our motivation.”