Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs says former Inter Milan defender Javier Zanetti is the toughest opponent he has ever faced.
The former Wales international has come up against hundreds of opponents during his 24-year playing career at Man Utd, where he played 963 matches in all competitions for the Red Devils.
And Giggs selected Zanetti as the “hardest player” he’s faced after the Argentinian broke his nose during the 1999 Champions League quarter-final between Man Utd and the Nerazzurri.
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‘Unbelievably overrated’ Giggs told MUTV: “The hardest player I played against was [Javier] Zanetti from Inter.
“He ran all day and he used to be a midfielder so he was comfortable on the ball, he could defend, he was tough and he actually broke my nose in the quarter-finals against them. He had everything as a defender.”
On the two best players he’s ever played alongside, Giggs added: “The best player is Cristiano. Obviously he was only with us for a short space of time, when he was brilliant, and then went on to do just as well as he did at United elsewhere.
“But Scholesy is the best player I played with at United. You’ve all seen him. In training, he was ridiculous, you couldn’t get near him. His brain was quicker than everyone else, his range of passing and he was nasty.”
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