Taribo West, Nigerian former pro-soccer defender, says George Weah was his toughest opponent during his playing days, according to News24.
When asked by News24 if his former teammate Ronaldo De Lima was his most difficult opponent ever, West replied, “No, Ronaldo is a phenomenon in his right but my toughest opponent still remains George Oppong Weah. No one gave me such a tough time to mark like him as he is pacy, strong, skillful and shoots well with both legs, no way to stop him.”
Weah was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995 and in 2004 he was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players.
West discussed his time at Auxerre when he played a challenging game against Weah who played for Paris Saint-Germain F.C., “Weah took me on twice, by the third time I brought him down, he squared up to me, I shouted back at him and it made headlines in France that went a long way in announcing me.”
“After the game [Weah] walked up to me and said I will go far in football, if I continue with my fearless nature. I was just 18 then but to me he still remains my toughest opponent.”