Three time world footballer of the year Zinedine Zidane has revealed his admiration for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
He says the 34-year-old, who will call time on his Anfield career after Sunday's game at Stoke City, is just like him - on and off the field, Liverpoolfc.com reports.
"He's a player that I really thought a lot of, I has a lot of time for him and rated him. I can't say that about everyone," he told LFCTV's 'Gerrard: My Liverpool'.
"Why did I like him so much? Perhaps there was something about him that reminded me a little bit of myself.
"He made a lot of noise out there on the field but was quiet off it, meaning that he was someone down to earth and grounded away from the game who just said what needed to be said.
"He preferred to do his talking on the field, using his voice, his combative spirit and above all his ability on the ball that could make the difference in a game."