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Andrea Barzagli Names Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba as the Toughest Strikers He Has Ever Faced

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Andrea Barzagli has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo
Andrea Barzagli has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo / Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images
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Former Italy and Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli has named Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba as the toughest strikers he has ever faced.

Barzagli, who is considered to be one of the best defenders of his generation, has come up against several world-class strikers during his illustrious career.

Barzagli, who is now retired, heaped praised on his former team-mate, Ronaldo, who he said is the best finisher of all time.

"The striker who put me in most difficulty? Ronaldo always scored against us so it was always very difficult with him. Didier Drogba also, a force of nature," the 39-year-old told Juventus' official Twitch account [via Goal].

"Ronaldo? He is the best finisher of all time. He scores goals for you in all different ways. His goals record says it all. His wickedness and his hunger are incredible things."

Meanwhile, Ronaldo, who turned 36 earlier this month, has shown no sign of slowing down and has arguably been Old Lady's best player this season, with the Portuguese having already managed to find the back of the net 23 times.

Ronaldo and Juventus are next in action in the Champions League where they face Porto in the round-of-16 first-leg in Estádio do Dragão in Portugal.


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