Dani Alves has rated Cristiano Ronaldo as the toughest opponent he’s ever faced, praising him in a new interview.
Alves feuded with Ronaldo for several years during his brilliant first spell at Barcelona as he won six La Liga titles and three Champions League titles, among countless other accolades and accolades.
Proving himself as one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game, Alves shared the field with a lot of football’s biggest stars and had to defend against some great players.
Now doing his trade in Mexico with Pumas UNAM, the 39-year-old sat ESPN Journalist Hugo Sanchez, when asked who was the toughest opponent he faced, chose Ronaldo.
“This person is not letting you breathe for a second. I didn’t do too badly, but it’s hard.
“He’s a scoring machine,” he added, praising the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who tore up La Liga with Real Madrid while Alves played for him. Lionel Messi for Barcelona.
Ronaldo He is currently Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer having netted 450 goals in all competitions for the club before leaving in 2018, after an incredible rivalry with Messi in La Liga nearly a decade ago.
His rampant goal scoring for club and country has made him one of the game’s greatest players, breaking the record for most goals scored at men’s international level in 2021.