Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has emerged the winner of a fans’ vote organized by Sky Sports for the top 50 players to come out from Liverpool and Manchester United.
The ex-Reds midfielder led the pack after garnering 49,000 votes. In second place is Barcelona talisman Luis Suarez with 40,000 votes.
The poll comes on the heels of the highly anticipated Premier League clash between the Reds and the Red Devils on Monday night. Sky Sports claims that the poll was launched in a bid “to discover the ultimate player from these two clubs [Liverpool and Manchester United] since the Premier League was formed.”
A panel arranged 25 players from either sides for the poll, and asked the fans to decide. The poll results show that the fans’ dispositions towards stars from both sides were balanced. Both clubs had an equal split in the top 20 with Gerrard claiming top spot by a mile.
Gerrard led second-placed Suarez with 9,000 points, while the Uruguayan striker managed a three thousand votes edge over third placed Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid man was a youth prodigy at Old Trafford before his move to Real Madrid. He placed third, leaving United legend Paul Scholes in fourth place with 36,000 votes. Ryan Giggs came fifth, while former Real Madrid play maker Xabi Alonso came sixth. Eric Cantona placed seventh leaving Spain international Fernando Torres in eight position with 27,000 votes.
Torres moved to Liverpool from Atletico Madrid where he was captain. After his exploits at Anfield, he joined rivals Chelsea. David Beckham placed ninth with 26,000 votes, about 1,000 votes ahead of tenth place Robbie Fowler.
Legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Philippe Coutinho, Jamie Carragher, Ian Rush, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, John Barnes, and Sami Hyypia completed the top 20 in that order.