Chris Waddle insists that Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle is the best player he ever played with, per The Football Faithful.
Waddle, a dazzling left winger during his heyday, played for the likes of Spurs, Newcastle United, Marseille and Sheffield Wednesday, and he also won a multitude of caps for England.
He played alongside the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Didier Deschamps, Jean-Pierre Papin and Peter Beardsley.
But he maintains that Hoddle, a player revered as a legend at Spurs, is the finest technical player he has ever played alongside.
In an interview with The Football Faithful, Waddle said: “Glenn Hoddle was the most naturally gifted footballer I played with. Just two-footed. Obviously lacked a bit of pace and a lot of people said he wasn’t physical enough for the English game.
“Technically, I’ve been lucky to play with some great players and played against great players. And he’s up there, Glenn, with the best of them, in terms of natural talent there’s no doubt about it. What a great passer of the ball, could score unbelievable goals, touch, and had a winning mentality.
“He wanted to win, he was a very positive person. We saw that as a manager, he did well with England until obviously, it all went pear-shaped, but it wasn’t because of the football.
“You know as a footballer, he was just a great player. For me he was great because if you made a run he would hit you, he was like a quarterback. So he was the most naturally gifted player I’d say I played with.
“I was lucky to enough to play with some, in my eyes great players, but when I look back I always thought the most naturally gifted was Glenn.”
Hoddle scored some genuinely fantastic goals during his playing career.
One, against Watford, saw him spin on the ball in the box and chip the goalkeeper, sending the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box on the right flank.
But it wasn’t just that.
He could score free-kicks and penalties, he could beat three or four players on a run, sit the goalkeeper down and roll the ball into the back of the net, or he could just thump a 20-yard effort into the back of the net.
Waddle was a wizard, too. But Hoddle was better; as the saying goes, game recognises game.