Both Harry Kane and Edinson Cavani think the same defender is the toughest player they’ve ever faced, so it’s hard to argue with the two.
Although the Tottenham Hotspur striker still has plenty of time in his career, Kawani is nearing his end and has been playing in some of Europe’s best matches for the past 13 years.
Between the duo, they have come up against many of the best defenders of this generation and both have acknowledged that Giorgio Chiellini is one of the toughest.
Speaking on a questionnaire on the United website, Kawani was asked who his toughest opponent was, “You can imagine that I played against many different opponents and pretty tough ones.
“But I always say, and for a long time, the most difficult defender I’ve ever encountered was Giorgio Chillini.
“We have played against each other in many matches, and we have pitted against each other across the pitch, so yes, I can tell you that Giorgio Chiellini is the toughest defender I have to face.”
You may think that the 37-year-old Kane’s claims may have come after he faced them in Italy’s Euro 2020 final victory over England in the summer, but the Spurs forward has held his opinion for some time now.
Back in 2018, the Three Lions captain was interviewed by the Guardian about who his toughest opponent was. “I’ve been asked a few times to name the toughest defender I’ve played against and I’ve said he’s a Chiellini. I’ve encountered him a couple of times,” Kane said.
“I’d say John Terry.
“Chiellini is very experienced. He uses his body well and his position well. When you try to run, he knows when to step across you. He knows when to keep you out of balance.
“He clearly knows when to come tight and when to lift your back and when to fall. Experienced defenders are extremely difficult because they know where they are at the right time.”
It is unlikely that he won a Serie A or Champions League with Juventus last season.