Ronaldo, Zlatan, Messi: Troost-Ekong Names Toughest Opponent

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 26: Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina and Marcos Rojo #16 of Argentina celebrate a point in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Fu Tian/China News Service/Visual China Group via Getty Images)

Nigerian Center Back William Troost-Ekong says Leonel Messi is the most dangerous attacker he ever faced.

Ekong has faced the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Harry Keane and Neymar Jr, but insists the Argentine is unplayable and on a different level.


“Playing at Udinese, Serie A as a defender is really difficult, every week playing against top players, Ronaldo has always managed a goal against us,” said the Center Back.


“I have played against both ( Messi and Ronald), also Neymar, Zlatan many greats of the game, but Messi is something different.


“The goal against us in St Petersburg, I can still see it in slow motion, not being able to do anything about it. He is special, ” Ekong stressed.


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