Carles Puyol names XI of the toughest players he faced during his career
No-one could question Carles Puyol’s commitment to the cause as a footballer. He was without question the definition of a talismanic leader.
There are few players around nowadays that give 100 per cent during every match, but Puyol was one of those and his retirement lead to many teammates missing his ways.
Puyol played a key role in arguably the most talented club side of all time, and the likes of Messi, Xavi and Iniesta only ever had good things to say about their skipper of old.
Surprising quite a few is the exemption of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Are there any surprise inclusions for you? And who, anyone, should be replaced by Ronaldo?