Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has named Papa Bouba Diop in the list of his most unforgettable direct opponents.
Love or hate him, Paul Scholes went down as one of the finest ever central midfielders in England and Europe.
The nippy jersey number 18 lifted an extraordinary 11 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues under Sir Alex Ferguson.
It is therefore a must-read when the former Three Lions star names the best footballers he has ever faced in his career.
According to Scholes, the best talents he’s ever faced are Robbie Savage, Patrick Vieira, and Senegal’s late Papa Bouba Diop who played his football for Portsmouth and Fulham.
"When I played central midfield I like to go into games thinking 'I just want to have all the time in the world here, just nobody around me, just find a little bit of space and pass the ball around'," Scholes told Savage Social.
"Then you play against people like you (Robbie Savage). An absolute nuisance, trying to close you down dead quick. I don't want that, I just want it nice and relaxed.
"The way I played I didn't really have to beat people or be stronger, quicker than the other person.
"I suppose Patrick Vieira, you play against him he is so long, he is so big. You think you've got the ball, and the next minute he nicks it over your head. He was a clever player as well.
"There's one more that people won't think of. We used to play against Portsmouth.
"Do you remember Papa Bouba Diop? Big, massive. They used to call him 'The Wardrobe'!
"You get involved physically with him and you're wasting your time.
"I always found him awkward to play against. He wasn't a Vieira, of course he wasn't, but he still had talent," he concluded.
Meanwhile, Scholes, a ruthless critic of the current Man United team, will have his focus fixed on Watford's Vicarage Road this weekend.