Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, even Paul Scholes...the list of former Premier League stars having a crack at punditry seems to go on forever, with the verdict on how much sense each pundit speaks differing greatly depending on who you talk to.
Frank Lampard was on punditry duty for the BBC at Monday night's FA Cup clash between Man United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and he (generally) went down a treat. Lampard speaks intelligently about the game, and alongside Alan Shearer and Phil Neville proved himself to be balanced and insightful. In particular the point he made about Ander Herrera's sending-off - that Michael Oliver was perhaps affected by the fact he had just told off Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for repeated hacking of Eden Hazard - was a well-made and insightful one.
Frank Lampard is already an outstanding Pundit ..... #CHEMUN
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 13, 2017
Phil Neville makes Frank Lampard sound like Confucius.
— Ben Dirs (@bendirs1) March 13, 2017
Fair play Frank Lampard. Admits Herrera's second 'foul' was not a yellow card but that the ref was 'ready to book someone' following talk.
— Jamie Allen (@Jamie_Journo) March 13, 2017
Frank Lampard is a brilliant addition to the @BBCSport punditry team. Unbiased and insightful, Phil Neville however...
— Lee Clarke (@Clarkey_No1) March 13, 2017
Frank Lampard is just a class at this punditry malarkey, need him on more, rather than these ex Rag and Rag loving no names always used.
— Stephen_D (@stephenjd47) March 13, 2017
Some of the praise for Lampard came alongside fairly harsh criticism of Neville, however...
Lampard has the intelligence to be impartial. Phil Neville barely has the ability to spell his own name
— Michael English (@mikeenglishcfc) March 13, 2017
Alan shearer = world class player
Frank lampard = great player
Phil Neville = son of Herman Munster
— Alex (@fowlersleftpeg) March 13, 2017
This is Herman Munster, by the way. Slightly unfair on Phil.