After Steven Gerrard confirmed his retirement from football on Thursday, former midfield rival and ex-Manchester United player Anderson had his say on the Liverpool legend’s career.
But it wasn’t a message of well wishes or congratulations from the puzzling Brazilian to Steven Gerrard.
Instead, Anderson chose to go down the “poking fun” route while reflecting on the former England captain’s career – pointing out the differences in their respective trophy cabinets.
Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Anderson said: “I won four Premier Leagues. A player like Gerrard, who like, played for Liverpool, a player who has history in world football, didn’t win one. And I achieve four playing for the club.”
The Brazilian endured plenty of high and low points playing for United after a £20m move from Porto back in 2007. In his very first season in Manchester, he won both the Premier League and the Champions League.
Anderson continued to speak highly of himself: “I was world champion at the club. I was Champions League champion. I played three Champions League finals for the club.”
A man clearly proud of his achievements, he even scored a penalty in that 2008 Champions League final shootout against rivals Chelsea.
In his 8 seasons at United he only played in 105 Premier League games, scoring just the 5 goals, resulting in many people labelling him a flop.
And despite some torrid times at the club playing reserve team football, he still holds United firmly in his heart: “To this day, I’m passionate for that club. It’s the number one in the world for me.”
He finally left Manchester United in the January transfer window of 2015 to go to Brazilian outfit Internacional where is again struggling with his performances.