Ronaldo reveals the toughest opponent he has ever faced in his career


Cristiano Ronaldo has already named the toughest opponent he has ever faced during his long and successful career.

The 38-year-old, who now plays for Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia, has had many tough battles with defenders during spells with Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus.

In his early career, Ronaldo would terrorize defenders with his quick running, quick feet and unique dribbling style, before adapting his game to become a center forward in recent years.

His second spell at United saw him score 16 goals in his only full season in the Premier League. He is still scoring goals with Al Nassr in the Saudi Super League, having 20 goals in 20 games since his arrival in January.

His changing role and position in recent years has seen him come up against a range of defenders and styles – but there has been one Premier League star who has always stood out for Ronaldo.


The player in question is Ashley Cole, who is widely believed to be the greatest left-back of the Premier League era, during his time with Arsenal and Chelsea.

Ronaldo faced the England legend when he played for both clubs and when he faced the “Three Lions” with Portugal. Since retiring, the former defender has held coaching roles with England U21s, Derby County and Everton.

The Portuguese explained how Cole was the toughest opponent he has ever faced.

“I’ve had some great battles with Ashley Cole over the years. He doesn’t give you a second to breathe,” Ronaldo first told Coach Mag.

“He was a very tenacious player in his prime, quick, tough in tackles. You knew it was never going to be an easy game,” CR7 concluded.