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Ronaldo hails Chelsea's Cole

12 Nov 2009 - 12:00:52

Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has picked out Ashley Cole of Chelsea as his toughest Premier League opponent.

Ronaldo swapped England for Spain and Real Madrid in a world record £80million summer transfer but had no hesitation in singling out the Blues and England left-back as his main nemesis following his six seasons in the Premier League.

"Ashley Cole," declared the Portugal star when asked. "He's a very tough, tenacious football player."

Meanwhile, Ronaldo believes it is easier for flair players like himself to flourish in Spain compared to the hurly-burly nature of English football.

"In England players are constantly tackling," continued the winger, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.

"Everyone tries to kick you, but if you're in good physical shape and quick enough, then you can dodge it.

"There are more injuries, blows, tackles and players are more physical. In general, it's much more of a battle (in England).

"Referees don't protect players as much and aren't always whistling for fouls.

"All the same, I still like the English league. That and the Spanish league are the best two national championships in the world."

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