The Manchester United legend described the Reds captain as not a “top, top player” in the 71-year-old’s recently released autobiography despite previously trying to sign Gerrard.
And Real Madrid legend Zidane believes every top European club would have broken the transfer record to sign the England skipper, who recently scored his 100th top-flight goal, four or five years ago.
“For two or three years, Steven Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world,” the Daily Mirror quotes Zidane as saying. “Even now he is playing at a high level for -Liverpool and England.
“Gerrard has been loyal to Liverpool throughout his career – which is great for them – but if he had wanted to leave four or five years ago then every top club in Europe would have tried to sign him and they would have probably had to break the transfer record to do it.
“Alex Ferguson is obviously one of the most successful coaches the game has ever had, but I did find his comments about Steven Gerrard very strange. To say he is not a top player is wrong.”
MORE: The latest football news