France Football named Steven Gerrard on their Ballon d’Or Dream Team shortlist. The publication are looking to make an all-time greatest team.
France Football are currently revealing their shortlist for their Ballon d’Or Dream Team. The process will eventually reveal what they consider to be the great XI of all time.
And after they revealed the goalkeepers and defenders last week, Monday was the day for Defensive Midfielders. It also saw the first Liverpool player make the list.
That player was Steven Gerrard, someone who nearly won the Ballon d’Or in 2005, finishing 3rd. While we could certainly argue that a goalkeeper and a defender from the six-time European Champions probably should have made the list as well, there’s little surprise at Gerrard’s name appearing.
What RTK has to say
Honestly, the most surprising thing about Gerrard’s inclusion is that they’ve got him down as a ‘defensive midfielder’. The Scouser’s best years undoubtedly came as an attacking midfielder but we won’t complain.
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For one, the attacking midfielder shortlist is ridiculously good. So good, in fact, that counting him as a defensive player was the only way he’d get in.
And on that note, we don’t expect Gerrard to actually make the Ballon d’Or Dream Team. But it’s still an honour for the player to even get on that shortlist, such is the talent involved.
If you’re picking the two greatest defensive midfielders of all-time, you’re not picking Gerrard, in short. He wasn’t a defensive midfielder, for starters, and as much as we adore the man, he isn’t one of the four greatest midfield players in history.
Still, it’s great to see Gerrard on the shortlist. But it would have been nice to have a few more Reds make the cut. For one of the most successful clubs in history, the greats don’t seem to get the respect legends from certain other clubs do.