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Barcelona star Gerard Pique has named Cristiano Ronaldo among his three toughest opponents he’s ever played against.

Ronaldo, a former team-mate of Pique at Manchester United, has scored 15 goals in 27 games against Barcelona but has only been on the winning side seven times.

Pique also hailed ex-Chelsea star Didier Drogba and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

He told Unscriptd: “Drogba was one of the best strikers I have seen. He had everything. Pace, really strong, good in the air – he was amazing.

“The other one was Cristiano Ronaldo. I had to face him a lot of times and he’s one of the best players in history. He’s really complete, he knows how to score, assist, shoot free-kicks, penalties. He can do everything.

“Lewandowski is another. He’s tall, can use both legs. It’s really hard to mark this kind of player. You don’t know what they will do.”

Perhaps Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were conspicuous by their absence but Pique said: “Obviously I’m not saying Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, the ones I have to face every day in training, because you cannot see our ‘battles’.