Legendary Arsenal and Barcelona French forward Thierry Henry has named former Nigeria international Taribo West as the toughest player he faced during his playing time. Henry made this known this known while answering questions on CBS Sports’ In The Mixer, during a Champions League analysis.
Thierry Henry Calls Out Taribo West as his Toughest Opponent
Thierry and the Nigerian defender Taribo West squared off in the French Ligue 1 while Henry was with AS Monaco. He was asked the toughest player he has faced, the 1998 World Cup winner replied: “Toughest as in direct opponent? Or just a guy you hated to play against? The 44-year-old was asked to name both. And he replied: “Paul Scholes.”
But he then mentioned Nigerian West in the other answer, he said: “For direct opponent, I would go back in the days and say Taribo West.” “Because (at Auxerre), they did man-marking. He followed you everywhere, even in the dressing room.” The former Barcelona star went on to name Dutch legend Dennis Bergkamp as the player he enjoyed playing alongside and not Lionel Messi, Iniesta or Xavi