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Chelsea legend Michael Essien has named Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and Manchester United legend Paul Scholes as the toughest opponents he played against.
Essien made the revelation during an Instagram Live interview.
Essien said: “It’s between Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes.
“Those two players were quite tough to play against.
“They were not only good on the ball but they could tackle really hard.
“They were really tough but the Premier League was much more tough compared to now.”
Essien also revealed he almost joined rivals Liverpool before his transfer to Chelsea in 2005.
Essien spent nine successful years at Stamford Bridge, winning the Champions League, two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a League Cup before leaving in 2014.