Everton star playmaker Gylfi Sigurðsson explains why four-time African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Toure, was one of the hardest opponents he's ever faced in his career.
Sigurðsson, 29, joined the Toffees in August 2017 from Swansea in a deal worth a reported £40 million (R737m) and has quickly developed into an indispensable figure at the historic English club.
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An attacking midfielder with supreme composure, tactical awareness with the technical ability to find the net with consummate ease, ranks him as one of the Premier League's most influential players.
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Within a distinguished professional career that's brought him seven Iceland Footballer of The Year titles, he revealed whose the hardest opponent he's faced, his favourite stadium, greatest achievement and who he dreamed of playing alongside.
Who has been your toughest opponent?
"Eden Hazard. He’s lightning quick so he’s very difficult to play against. Yaya Toure was another really difficult opponent was different reasons - he was so tall, strong and you can’t really get near him because he uses his body so well."
What is your favourite stadium?
"Goodison Park is definitely right up there when the fans get going. Other than that, I’d probably say the San Siro in Milan, the Stade de France in Paris at the European Championships in 2016, and at Old Trafford because of the size of it."
What is your greatest achievement?
"Getting to the World Cup with Iceland after the Euro 2016 campaign that we had. Away from football, I would say getting my golf handicap down to three!"
If you could play with any player in history, who would it be?
"Diego Maradona. His ability on the ball was incredible and so was his left foot. He was a very special player, so it would have been great to play with him. I think we could have played together, no problem - anyone could play well with him, he was that good."
Sigurðsson has scored 58 goals and registered 41 assists in 243 appearances in the past seven and a half seasons in England's top-flight.