Nemanja Vidic says that Didier Drogba was the toughest opponent he ever faced because "he was on you for the full game."
The Manchester United legend won five Premier League titles in nine seasons at Old Trafford, as well as lifting the Champions League in 2008.
All in all he won 15 trophies during his time in English football, which he left behind in 2014 with a move to Inter Milan.
Injuries restricted his time there, but there is no doubt that he came up against – and bettered – several of the world’s top strikers during his time at Old Trafford, and while he named Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero as ‘the best’, he reserved special praise for Drogba as the most difficult to handle.
Interestingly, he also dismissed claims that he found Fernando Torres difficult to deal with during Manchester United versus Liverpool clashes, insisting that the Spaniard only got the better of him once, when Liverpool won 4-1 at Old Trafford in March 2009.
"People say: "You had a difficult game against Torres", but it was just the one game," Vidic told FourFourTwo .
"I went to head the ball but changed my mind and tried to pass to Edwin [van der Sar]. I misjudged the distance and Torres scored.
"Drogba was tougher. Torres always created a chance to score, but Drogba was on you for the full game.
"Drogba was physically the hardest; [Luis] Suarez and [Sergio] Aguero were the best."
As for Drogba himself, he has previously named Liverpool and Barcelona legends as his toughest opponents.
"It’s difficult but I would say Jamie Carragher was the most difficult one in terms of aggression, but he was always fair," the Ivorian said in 2014
“Then there was Carles Puyol, he was a strong defender, tough, but always respectful, and a gentleman really.”
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