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Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini names the best player he has ever come up against – and he’s a Man United hero…

The Italian described the Red Devils star as the “most formidable striker” he has every had to defend again

Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini celebrates after scoring their third
Giorgio Chiellini has faced some of the game’s greatest players (Photo: REUTERS)

Giorgio Chiellini says Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the best player he has ever come up against in his illustrious career.

The Juventus centre-back has faced some of the game’s greatest ever stars in his 17 years as a senior professional representing clubs in Serie A.

In April of this year alone he has twice come up against Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in the Champions League.

And has twice kept – arguably the world’s greatest three-pronged attack – at bay.

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Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini
The Italian recently kept Barcelona’s Luis Suarez at bay (Photo: REUTERS)
Chiellini described Zlatan Ibrahimovic as formidable (Photo: REUTERS)

However, despite the brilliance of these stars, the Italian has revealed that it is in fact Man United forward Ibrahimovic who is the most “formidable”.

“I have always liked to play against the great ones,” Chiellini told France Football.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the most formidable striker that I have come across. I often played against him in Serie A, where there was both sunny days and rainy days.

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