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Erling Haaland And Kylian Mbappe Both Name The Toughest Opponents In Their Careers So Far

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Erling Haaland And Kylian Mbappe Both Name The Toughest Opponents In Their Careers So Far

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe have opened up about the toughest opponents they have faced in their respective careers so far.

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Haaland, 20, has revealed that his toughest opponent came in the form of Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk, who he hailed as an "incredible player."

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The Norway international told ESPN: "Virgil van Dijk.

"He is so good. He is powerful, quick, he possesses all the qualities. He is an incredible player."

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Haaland scored against Liverpool during RB Salzburg's 4-3 defeat at Anfield in the Champions League in 2019.

But the former RB Salzburg striker failed to find the back of the net during Liverpool's 2-0 win in Austria.

Mbappe, on the other hand, named Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon as the toughest opponent in his career.

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The French World Cup winner came up against Buffon during Monaco and Juventus' 2017 Champions League semi-final encounter.

Juventus won the first leg 2-0 at the Stade Louis II thanks to a brace from Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Mbappe scored in the return leg at the Juventus Stadium, but Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves would seal a 2-1 victory at the Old Lady.

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When asked about his toughest opponent during a quick-fire Q&A session, the France international simply said: "Gianluigi Buffon."

Buffon, who later played at PSG alongside Mbappe, embraced the former Monaco star at full-time in the second-leg semi-final clash.

Speaking after the win, the 43-year-old legendary Italian said: "I swapped my shirt with Mbappe because when I was young nobody wanted to do that with me and I hated it!"

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Topics: Paris Saint-Germain, Football, Ligue 1, PSG, Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund, Germany, Kylian Mbappe, France, Bundesliga

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