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Barcelona legend Dani Alves names his nemesis as toughest ever opponent

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PSG full-back Dani Alves gave an interview this week in which he spoke about the greatest players on the planet.

The 34-year-old Brazilian spent eight years at Barcelona - winning 23 trophies - before joining Juventus on a free transfer in 2016.

He moved to PSG this summer, rejecting the opportunity to work with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola once again at Manchester City.

Alves was the first choice right-back throughout his eight-year spell at the Camp Nou, forming an incredible understanding with Leo Messi on the right-flank.

He's started the season in fine form for PSG, scoring an absolute belter of a free-kick in the French Super Cup win over Monaco.

Speaking to FIFA TV, Alves gave a surprising response which left Barcelona fans feeling a little bit vexed.

'Who is the best player you have faced?'

"I would say Cristiano Ronaldo", replied the Brazilian wing-back.

He added "I say Messi [is the best of all time] because I've seen him play.

"Of the other greats, I have heard what people say about them, but I can’t corroborate it because I haven’t seen them.

"I choose Messi next to Neymar, they are the most spectacular I've seen."

Alves and Ronaldo's famous 'beef'

The Real Madrid forward famously snubbed Alves at the 2015 Ballon d'Or ceremony following comments made by the eccentric full-back.

"He has things that I do not admire because I play for the team. I think that my team is more important than me," Alves told Bola da Vez.

"I think he cares little for what really matters, which is the collective side of the game. So much so that some criticised us during the celebration of titles while he celebrated the Pichichi [La Liga's leading goalscorer]."

"See if he has an influence on the play beyond scoring goals and appearing in certain moves. Messi is influential, he plays and assists.

Now playing in Ligue 1, Alves appears ready to bury the hatchet with Ronaldo following their 'El Clasico' battles.

“All my fights with Cristiano were because of the press,” he told ABC earlier this year.

“If people only knew how much I respect Cristiano Ronaldo. I will repeat it to make myself clear: I respect Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Everyone tells me what a fantastic professional he is. As for CR7, it’s different, he was my rival and I had to compete with him.

"That’s why he did not greet me at the Ballon d’Or gala in 2015. I do not need to talk about anyone to go out in the newspapers. I have no ego."

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