Doncaster youngster quizzes Frank Lampard, who gives verdict on Messi-Ronaldo debate

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A young footballer from Doncaster hit the target – when she was given the chance to quiz Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

The youngster, who plays for Mexborough FC, was one of a number of children from across the country allowed to put questions to the Blues manager in an exclusive online question and answer session.

The player, named only as Ellie, took part in the event, hosted by Chelsea’s automotive partner Hyundai, to launch the second season of Hyundai FC; a national grassroots football programme created by the car giant which gives football clubs up and down the country a host of unique football experiences.

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Young footballers were given the chance to quiz Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.Young footballers were given the chance to quiz Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
Young footballers were given the chance to quiz Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

Having worked with over 250 grassroots players last season, Hyundai FC 2020-21 will support 11 new junior boys and girls football clubs across the country, from Cornwall to County Down (NI), with Mexborough FC being given the opportunity to be part of Hyundai FC for the 2020/21 season.

In the virtual Q&A, questions from other lucky Hyundai FC players to Frank Lampard included:

‘Messi or Ronaldo?’ to which Frank replied ‘I’m going to have to go with Messi on pure, natural talent’

Who was Frank’s dream seven-a-side team, with Frank listing the likes of Neuer, Gerard, Zidane and Ronaldinho.

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The toughest player Frank has played with and against, with the head coach replying Xavi and Iniesta on both parts.

Ashley Andrew, Managing Director of Hyundai UK said: “At Hyundai we are committed to supporting fans at all levels of the game – from the grassroots players, coaches and parents at the eleven Hyundai FC clubs to the elite-level through the sponsorship of Chelsea FC. We’ve had incredible feedback from our Hyundai FC clubs involved in the launch of the second season of the programme and we look forward to offering them more valuable experiences as the season continues.”

Simon Taylor, Head of Chelsea FC Foundation said: “It is fantastic to kick-off season two of the inaugural Hyundai FC programme. Last year, the programme was a huge success with over 200 players, and the coaches offered exclusive training sessions to further the teams’ development. We are excited to start another season and look forward to our coaching visits at the Hyundai FC clubs in the coming months!”

Following the launch, as part of the Hyundai FC programme every club will be visited by the Chelsea FC Foundation coaches to lead a training session specifically designed for each team. Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, sessions will take place during October half-term. Each team has also received a new set of bespoke Nike playing kit and can look forward to a host of exclusive footballing experiences as part of the programme.