Why Messi is my toughest opponent ever – Ex-Real Madrid defender, Marcelo

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27: Marcelo of Real Madrid takes part in an open training session at Stade de France on May 27, 2022 in Paris, France. Real Madrid will face Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final on May 28, 2022. (Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Former Real Madrid defender, Marcelo, has named Lionel Messi as the toughest opponent he has faced in his career.

Marcelo, who played 15 seasons with the LaLiga champions, came face-to-face with Messi when the Argentine played for Barcelona.

He has now admitted it was difficult facing the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.

“Messi is incredible, the toughest opponent I’ve ever faced.

“We all know the quality he has even now, aged 35, and before it was the same. El Clasico has always been one of the best games to watch and play.

“I was lucky enough to have featured in one of the best eras of Clasicos. But it wasn’t just Messi. There were other players who were also incredible,” Marcelo told The Athletic.