Manchester United full-back Antonio Valencia has revealed his best ever teammate and opponent, as well as the most difficult team he has played against.
The 31-year-old has been a reliable performer for the Red Devils since his arrival from Wigan in 2009.
And his longevity has allowed him to play with and against some of the Premier League’s top players, as well as face some of Europe’s most impressive teams.
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The Ecuador international has played alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Nemanja Vidic, to name just a few. But when asked by the club’s official magazine Inside United – via manutd.com – he named Paul Scholes as his best ever teammate.
And as for his best opponent? “Frank Lampard,” he said. The former Chelsea midfielder made over 600 appearances for the Blues, scoring more than 200 goals in the process.
Valencia has featured against some of the best teams in Europe in the Champions League for United. He was part of the side that lost to Pep Guardiola’s superb Barcelona side in the final at Wembley in 2011.
But he has named Bayern Munich as the best team he has played against. United last played the German side in 2014, losing 4-2 on aggregate in the quarter-final of the Champions League.
Valencia also revealed his favourite career moment – “When we won the Premier League in 2013,” and the best advice he has received – “My father always told me to keep fighting and never lose heart.”