Real Madrid legend Luis Figo has joined the long list of greats who wished they had been given the chance to play with Steven Gerrard.
The Portuguese star was a standout name on the Madrid team-sheet during yesterday’s Liverpool Legends charity match. Not he nor teammates Roberto Carlos and Clarence Seedorf could steal the spotlight, though, as Gerrard brought back some great memories with a dominant display at Anfield.
Many tried and failed to sign Gerrard during his career, perhaps much to the frustration of footballing icons such as Figo himself. Most will have wanted to play with him simply so they didn’t have to play against him anymore.
Speaking after the game, Figo told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s a pity because everyone wants to play with the best players and Gerrard has shown in his career that he was one of the best football players in his position.”
“It was a pity, but in the same time for Liverpool it was lucky because he could show his quality and talent here at Anfield.”
It wasn’t the magical Figo performance we’d have seen in his prime but his presence alone was enough to make it an occasion to remember. It was a unique opportunity for youngsters to educate themselves on the rich history of the game they love and clearly have a good knowledge of, having chosen to support Liverpool- or been forced to by their parents.
Gerrard up against Figo marked the coming together of two incredibly gifted individuals.