Former Nigerian international Taribo West was described by legendary Arsenal French striker Thierry Henry as the toughest player he faced throughout his football career.
During Tuesday’s Champions League commentary on CBS Sports’ In The Mixer, Henry revealed this while addressing questions.
In the French Ligue 1, Henry and West faced off, with the former representing AS Monaco and the latter representing Auxerre.
And when asked the toughest player he has faced, the 1998 World Cup winner replied: “Toughest as an indirect opponent? Or just a guy you hated to play against?”
The 44-year-old was asked to name both. And he replied: “Paul Scholes.
“For the direct opponent, I would go back in the days and say Taribo West.
“Because (at Auxerre), they did man-marking. He followed you everywhere, even in the dressing room.”
The former Barcelona star went on to say that his favorite player to play with was Dutch icon, Dennis Bergkamp.
Henry played for Monaco from 1994 to 1999, winning the Ligue 1 title in 1996-1997.
For Taribo, he helped Auxerre win their first league title in the club’s history in the 1995-1996 campaign.