Footballers Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand and Cesc Fabregas have all gotten into a cheeky debate on Twitter.
It all started when Michael Owen posted a tweet, stating that it’s easier to be a midfielder creating assists and making passes than it is to be a goal scorer.
He opined nowadays goalscorers get the same level of plaudits as assist makers and it shouldn’t be so.
Liverpool and Newcastle legend, Owen tweeted:
“People are genuinely giving as much credit to a players number of assists as they do to number of goals nowadays.”
“Literally 1 in 10 goals are genuine assists yet someone who plays a 5 yard ball to his mate who screams one in the top corner from 30 yards gets as much credit”
He then added: “My point is that in general it’s far harder to score goals than assist them yet we are starting to measure them as equal which is b******s.”
After his tweet denigrating the importance of midfielders or players who create assists for strikers to score, Cesc Fabregas an Arsenal legend and one of the best assist makers during his time, disagreed.
Fabregas, who is second on the all-time Premier League assists table with 111, responded: “I don’t completely agree there Michael. Making and creating can be sometimes twice as hard than making a run or scoring a goal.
‘Don’t underestimate the little time or space we have in midfield to take the best decision for you guys, plus the imagination and creativity we should have to find you.”
Rio Ferdinand, a Manchester United legend, known for his heroics as a defender during his time, then joined the conversation, making a case for how hard it is to be a defender.
Ferdinand wrote; Respectfully without us defending and protecting your goal, you guys don’t have the platform to perform all your frilly attacking stuff! We do the hardest part- respectfully .