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Cristiano Ronaldo has named Ashley Cole as the toughest opponent he’s ever faced.
Cole, a former Arsenal and Chelsea defender, is considered to be one of the best defenders in the world. On 18 August 2019, Cole officially announced his retirement.
Ronaldo has played against some of the best defenders of the world during his seven-year spell with Manchester United. And the five-time Ballon d’Or winner praised Cole in an interview with El Chiringuito TV last year.
This wasn’t the first time Ronaldo has shared his admiration about Ashley Cole’s defending ability.
Speaking to Coach Magazine back in 2016, he said: “Over the years I had some great battles with Ashley Cole, he does not give you a second to breathe. 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.”