Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez has said that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two greatest players he has faced.
The former Spain international has spent over two decades at the highest level, representing elite clubs like Real Madrid and AC Milan, as well as Villarreal and Sevilla.
His time between the sticks has seen him come up against several world-beaters but he picked the iconic duo as the best players he has faced.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with playsport.ro, Lopez was asked to pick the best players he has faced in his career. He said:
''I have faced many difficult opponents throughout my career. I'm glad I played against the greatest footballers in La Liga, Serie A and European cups. I don't want to have a typical speech."
''I can say that the best players I've had in front of me over the years are Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi. I was lucky enough to be a colleague of Cristiano for two years. I have faced Messi a few times and I think I confused him at certain moments. "
Despite having turned 40 years old last November, Diego Lopez is still going strong in La Liga with Espanyol. He has made 32 top-flight appearances for the Catalans this season.
He is one of only five goalkeepers to have saved penalties from both Messi and Ronaldo, while he is the first in history to save two from the Argentine.
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