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16th Oct 2015

Everyone is taking the p*ss about the time Steven Gerrard said Joe Cole was better than Messi

How the mighty fall...

Ben Kenyon

You hear big claims in football all the time.

Like that time Sam Allardyce said he could be managing Real Madrid, when Robbie Savage said he was ‘world class’ or that time Liverpool claimed Brendan Rodgers was the new Jurgen Klopp.

But there’s some bold, bold statements that continue to echo down the ages. Statements so hyperbolic that we just cannot allow them to be forgotten. Ever.

So obviously when former England international Joe Cole joined League One Coventry City, the internet dug up that famous old quote about Cole’s ‘unrivalled talents’.

If you’ve forgotten, let us remind you. Steven Gerrard once claimed Cole was better than Lionel Messi. Yes that’s right, Joe f**king Cole. Just let that sink in for a second.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Joe Cole of West Ham United looks dejected in defeat after the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

This was the quote from the former Liverpool captain…

“Messi can do some amazing things, but anything he can do Joe can do as well, if not better.

“He used to shock us in training by doing footy tricks with a golf ball that most players can’t even do with a football.

“I really fancy Joe for the [player of the year] award this season.”

Obviously the internet just could not allow this opportunity to pass unnoticed.