Gianluigi Buffon has named the most difficult opponent he has faced throughout his career.
Buffon is entering the final throes of his illustrious playing career, having been at the top of the game for over two decades.
The Italy and Juventus shot-stopper has won 20 trophies at club level, as well as a World Cup winner’s medal and numerous individual awards.
He has faced the world’s leading strikers of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, and has named the best of them all.
“The striker who caused me all kinds [of trouble] was Ronaldo, the Brazilian one,” Buffon told Marca.
“He was the perfect player, as he had power, speed, intuition technical skills and quickness. He was a jaw-dropping player.
“It seemed like he was created in a lab.”
Ronaldo was an absolute icon.