First of all, if I offended you in any way, I apologize mate, that wasn't my intention. I assure you I have the up most respect for you my friend, & I think you contribute a lot to this site with your knowledge, observations, & of course, your criticism. We need that critic voice here, especially in the classic section, and more so as we go back in time, and can relay solely on book quotes – it's easy to get carried away with it. + I must say that I extremely enjoy our little "clashes" once in a while, as I think that they are very interesting & fertilizing, more than once you managed to change my opinion about one thing or another, but that doesn't mean that we always have to agree right?
Where's the fun in that?
Now that we got that out of the way, back to topic, Ill guess that this time, we'll just have to agree to disagree (again..
And to comment your post:
Look - FOOTIE WAS NOT THE SAME
– Totally agree, and still.
I don't care if he scored 800 goals on every cow patch in Europe - he's not better than David Villa and I'd bet my testicles on it.
- I wouldn't be in such a harry to put my friends on the line like that.
From that era there are millions of players who scored hundreds of goals.
- Ahh, are you sure that number is right?
Just try to find how many players scored over 500 goals (in any frame, in history) and see with how many you come up with…
I understood your point about quotes very well, and I agree that they are more often deceptive, but I still think that Gerard specifically is a bad example for that, cause he is truly one of the greatest 50-50 MF's that the game ever had. His current stats reflect that very well, so quite possibly the future stat makers will make him one hell of a player – like he is (in reality & in PESTD). Can't really tell if they'll make Duncan Edwards look rubbish or not, but let it be their task, & let's focus in ours.
Other than that, as always in ancient history players, this whole debate is extremely hypothetical, & subjective. Ofc I can't prove how many of those goals used better placement than Villa – there weren’t any video cameras back then
, but What I can tell you is this
550 goals, all time leading British goal scorer.
Sorry mate, but imo that’s good enough, I can accept though that for you, it isn’t.