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EPL: Tottenham’s Emerson Royal names toughest player he ever faced

Emerson Aparecido Leite de Souza Junior, known as Emerson Royal has named the toughest player he has ever faced in his career so far

The Tottenham Hotspur right-back named Liverpool’s Sadio Mane as the toughest player he has ever faced in his career so far.

The Brazilian defender said Mane is so strong, fast and skilful.

Royal has had a bittersweet first season playing for Tottenham since arriving in the summer from Barcelona in a deal worth €25 million.

Speaking on the Premier League YouTube channel, Royal was asked to name his toughest opponent in the English top-flight league.

And he said, “Mane, he’s so fast, so strong, so quick and skilful, it’s not often you get a player like that, with so much strength, speed and skill.”

Mane has been in top form throughout the season, scoring 22 goals and providing five assists in 49 appearances across competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Senegalese international played a key role in Liverpool’s FA Cup triumph this season, scoring twice in three matches in the competition.

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