Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two names that have dominated the football world and the hearts of millions for several years now. These two players are now considered by many as two of the greatest players the beautiful game of football has seen so far.
With 11 Ballon d’Or awards, tons of silverware, and countless records shared between them, the two demigods have constantly left the world in awe with their consistent ability to enthrall with a football at their feet.
While Lionel Messi is now playing his 17th season for Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo is in his 19th season as a senior professional, having played for Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and now Juventus. The duo have also represented their nations for years now.
As both the players have been playing for a long time, it is natural that they clashed with a plethora of players who have tried to give them a run for their money. One can only imagine the dread a player must feel when they step on a pitch to take on either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
While not many have succeeded in stopping them, there have been a few players that have at least caused the two legends a fair amount of bother. Last year, Lionel Messi made a surprising revelation when he named Pablo Maffeo as the player who troubled him significantly.
Meanwhile, as per Sky Sports, Cristiano Ronaldo named Ashley Cole as the opponent that gave him the most grief. The Portugal superstar faced Cole several times during his time at Manchester United. Speaking about their encounters, Cristiano Ronaldo said:
“Over the years I had some great battles with Ashley Cole, he does not give you a second to breathe. He was such a tenacious player when he was at his peak, quick, tough in the tackle. You knew it would never be an easy game.”