Santi Cazorla more talented than Steven Gerrard, reveals former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle Sinama-Pongolle never managed to measure up to the standards at Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘In training or in games, when Santi got the ball magic happened.’Liverpool signed Sinama-Pongolle as a teenager amid much fanfare, but the Frenchman never managed to fulfil his potential at Anfield.Sinama-Pongolle would be sold in 2006, but was part of Liverpool’s now famous 2004/2005 Champions League squad.After coming off the bench to play a crucial role in Liverpool’s comeback against Olympiakos in their last group stage game, Sinama-Pongolle would miss out on a spot in the squad that took on AC Milan in the final.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySinama-Pongolle then explained how his return to Liverpool following their epic comeback in Istanbul was a huge let-down.‘It’s the only thing about my time at Liverpool that leaves a bad taste,’ he recalled. ‘The organisation after Istanbul was an absolute disgrace. ‘The day after, those of us who weren’t in the squad for the final were put on a separate flight so the wives and girlfriends could go back on the main plane with the team. Advertisement Coral BarryTuesday 5 May 2020 10:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link339Shares Advertisement Comment Cazorla and Gerrard faced each other in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Florent Sinama-Pongolle branded Steven Gerrard the most ‘complete’ footballer he ever played with, but insists Santi Cazorla was more talented than the Liverpool legend.Cazorla, who is still playing at Villarreal, would become a household name at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and remains a massively popular figure in football.Gerrard has gone down as one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and Sinama-Pongolle played alongside ‘Captain Fantastic’ during some of his best years.‘Certainly the most complete player,’ Sinama-Pongolle told the Athletic about Gerrard. ADVERTISEMENT‘As a man, as a footballer, in terms of mentality, as a leader, yes he had everything. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But in terms of just talent, in my opinion I played with more talented players. Sergio Aguero at Atletico (Madrid) was amazing. ‘Genius — every time he got the ball. I played with Santi Cazorla at Huelva and he was just “wow”. One of the best. Sinama-Pongolle was on the podium for Liverpool’s Istanbul triumph (Picture: Getty)‘Our flight arrived a bit later but the bus around the city didn’t wait for us. ‘They claimed that there were so many people on the streets of Liverpool that the police needed it to start. It was unfair. ‘They should have waited for the squad players. When I got back to Liverpool, I just went home and cried like crazy.‘The night before everything was great. It was so exciting. I should have been on that bus. I was really sad about how the club handled that.’Who is the more talented player?Cazorla0%Gerrard0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Patrice Evra reveals death threats from jailed Liverpool fans after Luis Suarez racist abuseMORE: John Barnes suggests Kylian Mbappe’s ‘attitude’ makes him the wrong fit for LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.
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Related posts:Noe Mar McGonagle finishes third in Essential Costa Rica Pro World Surfing Games in Jacó: 5 things to know about attending Team Costa Rica shines on first day of 2016 World Surfing Games Costa Rica’s surfers maintain control nearing finals of World Surfing Games Some of the top international surfers will grace the waves of Esterillos Este in Puntarenas this week for the Essential Costa Rica Open, part of the World Surf League (WSL) tour.The Qualifying Series (QS) event begins Wednesday and will conclude on Sunday, weather permitting, as 192 male and female surfers vie for 3,000 points on the pro surfing world tour.Just one month after hosting the 2016 World Surfing Games in Jacó, the country is the site of a WSL competition for the first time since 2002.Esterillos is the hometown of star Costa Rican surfer Carlos “Cali” Muñoz, who will be coming home to compete in the event after the Azores Airlines Pro in Portugal last month. Muñoz is No. 47 in the Men’s Qualifying Series and will look to bolster his ranking for a chance to be in the top 10 at year’s end to qualify for a spot on the World Championship Tour.The town’s favorite son said he’s looking forward to coming back to compete on the wave he grew up on and to having his community host an international event.“It has some really good waves with both rights and lefts that can be ridden at any tides during many different swells,” Muñoz told the World Surf League earlier this week. “I think the ideal surf is when the swell is southwest and the tide is low, going into high tide, with glassy conditions in the morning. The vibe is all pura vida and it’s a good beach for a family weekend with a really mellow town.”Other Costa Rican surfers joining Muñoz in the men’s and women’s brackets include: Jair Pérez, who qualified with a win at the Essential Costa Rica trials last month, Noe Mar McGonagle, Isaac Vega, Jason Torres, Leilani McGonagle, Emily Gussoni, Lisbeth Vindas, and Camilla Summers, a 14-year-old surprise qualifier out of Puerto Viejo.Noe Mar, who just won an individual bronze for Costa Rica at the World Surfing Games and is currently ranked 106th in the QS, may be the Costa Rican with the best chance to win the men’s tournament aside from Muñoz. The 20-year-old surfer from Pavones said in August that he’s been looking forward to having a WSL event on Costa Rican sands.“We’ve been waiting for this to happen for a long time and it’s basically a dream come true,” he said. “It’s always good to compete in my home country and this brings a lot of opportunity to our surfers, especially to demonstrate their level of surfing and for the Latin American surfers in general to earn QS points. I’m not super familiar with the wave, living far from Esterillos, but I do know the waves are fun and consistent.”The men’s side starts with a Round of 144 surfers, where Costa Rican resident and Venezuelan native José Joaquín Lopéz will begin his journey through the bracket. The women’s competition begins with a Round of 48.The 2016 Essential Costa Rica Open Pro will be streaming live on the World Surf League’s website. Judges will decide at 7:30 a.m. local time whether or not to start action at 8 a.m. based on the waves. Facebook Comments