Dani Alves praised Cristiano Ronaldo in a recent interview and referred to him as the toughest opponent he has ever encountered.
Alves and Ronaldo sparred for a number of years during Alves’s successful first spell at Barcelona, where he won six La Liga titles, three Champions League crowns, and countless other honours and awards.
Alves has made a name for himself as one of the best full backs in the history of the sport, having played with many of the biggest stars in football and having to defend against some fantastic players.
The 39-year-old, who is currently playing for Pumas UNAM in Mexico, was asked by ESPN journalist Hugo Sanchez to name his most challenging opponent. He chose Cristiano Ronaldo.
“This b*****d doesn’t let you breathe for a second. I didn’t do too badly, but it’s difficult.
Having scored 450 goals in all competitions for Real before leaving the club in 2018, Ronaldo is currently the club’s all-time top scorer. This comes after a nearly decade-long rivalry with Messi in Spain’s top flight.
He has become one of the game’s greatest players thanks to his amazing goal scoring for club and country, breaking the men’s international goal scoring record in 2021.