We’ll give you a hint. It’s certainly not Curtis Woodhouse.
You may ask who that is and you will be forgiven for not knowing…
Anyway, let’s talk about footballers worth their salt, real legends of the game.
Ryan Giggs has revealed that Javier Zanetti was the toughest opponent of a career in which he faced the world’s best players and became the most decorated player in English football history.
He won 13 league titles, four FA Cups, two Champions League and numerous other titles.
Of all the footballers he played against, Giggs has named Inter’s legendary full-back Zanetti as his toughest opponent.
“The hardest player I’ve played against was Zanetti for Inter Milan,” he told MUTV Group Chat on Friday.
“Just run all day. He used to play in midfield so he was comfortable on the ball. He could defend, he was tough, he actually broke my nose in the quarter-finals. Zanetti had everything as a defender.”
The quarter-finals he is referring to came in 1999 as part of United’s journey to winning the Treble. United won at home, in a 2-0 win, before the second leg proved to be a hard fought draw, with Paul Scholes scoring a late goal finally confirming Sir Alex Ferguson’s side’s place in the semi-final.
Zanetti is definitely up there with one of the best full-backs to ever play the game and this is praise he will undoubtedly appreciate.