Former Arsenal star, Robert Pires, has named Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand and Chelsea’s John Terry, as the toughest and most physical opposition players he faced in the Premier League.
The Frenchman joined the Gunners in 2000, and was a part of the Arsene Wenger teams that enjoyed a lot of success, both domestically and in Europe.
However, he has revealed he didn’t always relish coming up against Ferdinand and Terry, as they often proved too difficult to beat.
When asked the individual opponents he found most difficult, he told the MOTD Top 10 Podcast, “In the Premier League, it was John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.
“Matches against Chelsea and Manchester United were always hard and Terry and Ferdinand were very tough, very physical,” he added.
It has to be said that Pires was a very lethal footballer, who caused a lot of defenders great horror, so for him to rate Ferdinand this highly, just shows how much of a talent he was during his playing days.