Cristiano Ronaldo reveals the toughest opponent he’s ever faced

Who's the best defender he ever played against?

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo In action for Portugal Image Picture Creative Commons

Cristiano Ronaldo has played against all the world’s greatest players during his career, but who did he find the toughest to face?

The Manchester United and Real Madrid legend, who has bagged over 400 goals in his career, has now revealed the one defender able to stop him in his tracks.

Ronaldo confirmed that Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole was the toughest opponent he ever faced in an interview with Coach Mag.

“Over the years I had some great battles with Ashley Cole, he does not give you a second to breathe,” he said.

“He was such a tenacious player when he was at his peak, quick, tough in the tackle. You knew it would never be an easy game.”

Cristiano Ronaldo's toughest opponent Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole Image Getty Images

Ronaldo also spoke about Lionel Messi, saying that despite their rivalry, he has the utmost respect for the Barcelona forward.

“There is a big mutual respect between myself and Lionel Messi. The media like to make out like we have this big rivalry, but we don’t.

“It is not like we are good friends, but there is a mutual respect on both sides.”

Ronaldo has been making headlines off the pitch recently, after managing to piss off Buddhists everywhere by posting a disrespectful picture on Instagram.

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.