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Barcelona star names toughest-ever opponents; Messi overlooked, but Real Madrid hero & Drogba make the cut

Speaking in a video shared on social media, Gerard Pique has picked out his toughest-ever opponents.

The Barcelona centre-back published the clip on his official Twitter account, and speaking in the video, names the opponents that have given him the hardest battles.

The defender plumped for Chelsea great Didier Drogba—who currently plays for Montreal Impact—Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ostensibly, it comes as something of a surprise that Pique has overlooked three of his celebrated Barcelona teammates—Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, who, together make one of the most menacing frontlines in the world game.

However, the former Manchester United centre-back explains their omission as such.

“Not counting Messi, Suarez and Neymar,” Pique began, “I face them every training session, but our battles are not seen, I choose Drogba, Cristiano and Lewandowski.”

Pique had particular praise for legendary Ivorian frontman Drogba, who made an excellent first impression in Major League Soccer with the Impact last season.

“He’s one of the best strikers I’ve seen,” he continued. “He was the striker who did everything and was very complete.

“He had strength, movement, positioning and could use both feet. It was spectacular.”

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Drogba proved his quality with various clubs, but most notably with Chelsea, where he won four Premier League titles, three League Cup titles and four FA Cup titls.

Drogba also won the Champions League title in 2012 when he was influential as the Blues beat Bayern Munich on penalties.

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