He told Zoo magazine: “Cristiano is a great player. But Steven Gerrard is, for me, one of the very best in the world.
“For the job he performs, for me, he is one of the greatest.”
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.