Rio Ferdinand has faced the very best attackers during his illustrious career but revealed that there were two that proved to be the toughest of opponents.
The former Leeds United and Manchester United defender has played against the world’s elite during his time in football and it’s difficult to chose two of the best.
As well as representing West Ham, Bournemouth and QPR the 38-year-old racked up 82 caps for England facing many talented forwards.
When asked about the toughest opponents he has faced, Ferdinand said: “Ronaldo, the Brazilian one, and Messi. Both brilliant players.”
Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Real Madrid when he faced Ferdinand in 2003 – leading to many United supporters giving him a standing ovation as he left the pitch.
Ferdinand came face to face to face with Lionel Messi on a number of occasions, with two of them being in a Champions League final.
Whilst on the subject of players, Ferdinand was also asked about the best he has played alongside.
“Probably Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Ferdinand. “Scholesy was just pure talent, Ronaldo was just a devastating finisher.”
In his career, Ferdinand won a number of accolades including six Premier League titles, two League Cups and one Champions League.