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Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has revealed the 10 toughest opponents he has faced in his career and there’s a Chelsea legend in the list.
Silva has named Chelsea legend Didier Drogba as one of the toughest opponents he has faced in his career.
Silva also named Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Roberto Firmino and Angel di Maria.
Asked to name the 10 toughest opponents he has faced in his career, Silva told Chelsea’s official website: “Di Maria because of his technical quality and his incredible left foot. Mbappe because of his speed and also his technical quality.
“Drogba because of his physical strength despite being incredibly strong he still has a lot of technical skill
“Firmino, he has incredible technical quality. He is very intelligent in his movement that leaves defenders a bit lost.
“Romario because of his intelligence in the box. He’s the best I’ve seen in the box. Adriano, like Drogba, he’s an incredible physical force with an unbelievable powerful left-foot penalty shot.
“I’m going to say Ibrahimovic as the fourth there because he is a guy that inspired me and I think he has inspired many kids to inspire what they are doing.
“He was a black belt (in MMA) before he became a football and then after he found himself football. He’s a guy that I admire a lot. I had the chance to play with and against him and obviously he’s the fourth best in my list.
“Neymar because of his class, intelligence and magic. He is a player that impresses me with his technical quality and his ability to create out of nowhere.
“Cristiano because of his professionalism, his dedication and passion for football. He is a guy I really admire for his commitment and for everything he has achieved.
“Messi, because he has incredible quality and a God-given gift and because of the professional he is. For me he is the best.”