Luis Suarez has played with and against some of the best defenders of the current generation during his career.
But which three defenders does the Barcelona superstar rate as the toughest he has ever faced?
Currently on international duty, Suarez was asked the question by the Uruguayan national team’s official Facebook account - and you can watch the video by scrolling down this page.
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Interestingly, none of the three defenders have ever plied their trade in the Premier League, so there was no mention from Suarez for the likes of Rio Ferdinand or John Terry.
Instead, the 29-year-old named Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva and his Uruguay international teammate Diego Godin.
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That Suarez named Godin will come as no surprise - and not just because they’re friends and colleagues.
Godin, Atletico Madrid’s vice-captain, has arguably been the best central defender in world football over the past couple of seasons and thoroughly deserves his mention.
It will also come as little surprise that Suarez has named Ramos as one of the toughest defenders he’s faced.
In an interview with Mundo Deportivo earlier this season, Suarez admitted the Spain international was the most formidable centre-back he has ever gone head-to-head with.
“He’s the toughest defender that I’ve come up against,” Suarez admitted, per AS. “He’s very strong, competitive and has plenty of experience. That’s one of the reasons why there is added importance on the goal I scored against Real Madrid at Camp Nou.”
Suarez and Ramos will renew acquaintances this weekend, when Barcelona host Real Madrid in the second Clasico of the season on Saturday night.
Victory for Barca, who currently have a nine-point lead at the top of La Liga, will almost certainly see them crowned as Spanish champions for the second consecutive season.
Thiago Silva’s reputation isn’t what is was before the 2014 World Cup finals, but the Brazilian is still widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in Europe.
Suarez has gone up against the 31-year-old on several occasions on recent years and has always enjoyed their battles.
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