Ex-Man City man Micah Richards names his toughest opponent

Richards retires

Micah Richards spent a good chunk of his career at Manchester City.

In total, Richards played 246 games across all competitions for the Citizens, scoring nine and assisting 14 in that time.

Whilst at City, Richards also won the Premier League in 2012, and the FA Cup in 2011.

However, Richards recently retired at the age of just 31, after losing a lengthy battle with an injured knee.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 28: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on October 28, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Richards’ toughest opponent

Now that he is retired, Richards has named who he thinks was his toughest opponent.

Micah Richards has faced some quality players in his time, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

When speaking to Goal, however, Richards opted for Real Madrid and former Tottenham star Gareth Bale as his toughest opponent:

“For me, it’s Gareth Bale.

“When he was at Tottenham he was a top player and he still is. Me and him used to have one-on-one battles.”

In the same interview with Goal, Richards spoke about the three players nominated for The Best Men’s Player award for 2019.

That trio consists of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk.

When speaking about those three, Richard stated that he thought Ronaldo was the best this year:

“I think Ronaldo is the best this year because what he did for his country was amazing. He and Messi are unbelievable; Van Dijk also was good but what Messi and Ronaldo are doing is amazing.”

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