2010 FIFA World Cup: Torres Says 'Gerrard as Good as Messi and Ronaldo"

George HouseContributor IMay 30, 2010

HULL, ENGLAND - MAY 9: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool lies on the pitch after hitting the post with a shot in the last few minutes during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Liverpool at the KC Stadium on May 9, 2010 in Hull, England. (Photo by Jed Leicester/Getty Images)
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The 26-year-old is adament his club captain is amongst an elite set of five players in South Africa who can win a game all on their own.

He puts the Three Lions midfielder in the same bracket as Argentina wonderkid Lionel Messi and Portugal's flying winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

Torres also believes that manager Fabio Capello will get the best out of the Merseyside-born player if he is handed an attacking role in the national setup.

"There are maybe five players at the World Cup who can win a big game on their own—Stevie [Steven Gerrard] is one of them," the Spaniard told the Daily Express .

"He's in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, that's how good he is.

"I prefer it when he plays further forward for England and supports [Wayne] Rooney. That is when England look at their most dangerous."