Real Madrid legend Marcelo has named Lionel Messi as his toughest opponent he has ever faced in his career, Sportivationng.com reports.
Marcelo battled with Messi for years in the El Clasico in Spain before he left for PSG in 2021.
The Brazilian defender has reserved special praises for Lionel Messi.
“Messi is incredible, the toughest opponent I’ve ever faced,’.
Messi led Argentina to their third World Cup glory at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“We all know the quality he has even now, aged 35, and before it was the same.
“El Clasico has always been one of the best games to watch and play. I was lucky enough to have featured in one of the best eras of Clasicos.”
Barcelona won 16 clasicos during Marcelo’s time in Spain, while Real Madrid won 12.
Marcelo has returned to his boyhood club Fluminese after a short spell in Greece with Olympiacos.
“The idea of wearing that shirt again already excites me a lot and I’m looking forward to playing in the Copa Libertadores, which I’ve never done.
“I really want to get there and help Fluminense reach a final and win the Libertadores.”
Marcelo became Real Madrid’s most decorated player after winning the Spanish La Liga title and the Champions League in his last season at Real Madrid, winning a total of 25 trophies.