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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has named Barcelona defender Gerard Pique he faced during his career. Drogba also hailed the centre-back pairing of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand as the best centre-back pairing he faced.

Drogba retired from football this week and hinted he could go into management.

“It’s very difficult for me to say one that I played against because most of the time I was playing against two defenders, so one of the best pair I played against was Vidic and Ferdinand,” Drogba told Sky Sports. “And the other one was [Carles] Puyol and Pique.

When asked to pick out the best defender of the bunch, Drogba replied: “I think Pique because our battles were really, really tough. ‘But at the same time, like with all of them, you know like big guys, top players, top men, class.”

Drogba added: “I think I’ve met enough managers to make it possible.

“I worked with a lot of managers, different skills, approaches of the game and I’ve played with a lot of very good players, clever players who understand the game: [Frank] Lampard – who is managing – [John] Terry, [Michael] Ballack… all these guys.

“You learn a lot and you experience so many things and you’re thinking, ‘oh if that could be an option, why not?’ I think I could do well.”

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