Ex-Nigerian star John Obi-Mikel has taken a controversial route after picking Steven Gerrard as his Premier League greatest player.
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The former Chelsea star John Obi-Mikel played most of his career for Chelsea and faced many top players in the league.
Mikel won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and two League Cups while playing for Chelsea Football Club.
Mikel picks Gerrard
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However, Mikel was asked to name the best player he played against in the Premier League during his playing days for Chelsea.
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Mikel said to Rio Ferdinand during a podcast with as reported by TalkSports, “Again, I’d probably have to go back to Stevie G. He was the best Premier League player, for me.
“He was so physically strong. I’m physically strong as well, I know I can get people off the ball, but not Gerrard. I could not get him off the ball.
“He knew how to find space behind me. You think you had him and he’s gone because he was so quick as well and he can shoot right or left, it’s so difficult.
“And as soon as you lose him you know you’re in trouble, and that’s why the partnership with him and Torres was so good and they scored a lot of goals.
“We played in a lot of big games against Liverpool at that time, Champions League, Premier League and they became one of our close rivals. I had a few tough times against them!
“You’re looking at a No.10 who could tackle! I know he didn’t play in that position for very long, but he was the guy who was very, very difficult to play against.
“He knew how to find the space in between you and the defenders. Yeah, for me, Stevie G was the guy, he was that good.”