Steven Gerrard has lamented the fact that he and former England team-mate Frank Lampard are still compared to each other to this day.
Gerrard, 35, and Lampard, 37, both broke through in the Premier League at similar times, and engaged in many memorable midfield battles while at Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.
The two were also the subject of one of history’s biggest ever conundrums: Can Gerrard and Lampard ever play together in the same team.
Both have since left the Premier League in order to join clubs in America, and Gerrard has revealed his frustration that comparisons have followed him.
“I was hoping people would finally stop comparing me with Frank after moving here,” Gerrard told the Daily Mirror. “He’s a legend and certainly one of those high-end players who will help lift the quality of this league.
“But we’ve both drawn a line under our England careers so I don’t see any reason why we should bring that topic up again. It was always a media thing – we get along just fine.”
Gerrard added that he was enjoying a more laid back life in California after his move from Liverpool earlier this year.
“For the first time we are able to enjoy our family life in peace,” he said. “I have oceans of time to spend with the kids now. I’m there to take them to school in the morning.
“I pick them up in the afternoon and we go to the beach together. The kids love it so much they have even started calling me Superdad. Can you imagine?”