England and Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard once claimed that his country man, Joe Cole is better than Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi led his county to a World Cup trophy yesterday on penalty, after giving up a two goals first half lead against 2018 World champions, France.

France cane from two goals down to level over 90 minutes with Kylian Mbappe scoring twice in two minutes, including an 80th-minute penalty.

Mbappe completed his hat-trick in the 118th with another spot-kick after Argentina took the lead through Lionel Messi tap in, in the 109th minute.

Many football fans after Messi’s World Cup win in Qatar yesterday, believed the seven-time ballon d’Or winner is the Greatest Of All Time, (GOAT).

Speaking in 2010, Stephen Gerrard said :: “[Lionel] 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.”

Cole is widely regarded as one of the most gifted England players of all time, though injuries severely hampered his career. Over the course of three years with Liverpool, the playmaker made just 26 appearances for the club and was sent out on loan during that spell too.

It was claimed that his lack of ‘connection’ with the Anfield outfit led to his disappointing stint.