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Alexander Djiku names Kylian Mbappe as toughest player he has faced

Ghana defender Alexander Djiku has picked Kylian Mbappe as the toughest opponent he has faced in his football career.

Alexander Djiku names Kylian Mbappe as toughest player he has faced

The 27-year-old has been a key member of the Racing Strasbourg side that is currently overachieving in Ligue 1.

Djiku’s presence at the back has made Strasbourg one of the best defensive teams in the French topflight, as they occupy fifth on the table.

The Ghanaian recently came up Mbappe and PSG and despite Strasbourg losing 4-2, Djiku maintains that Mbappe is the toughest player he has faced.

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"He looked at me and said, 'I'm not going to finish the match.' I answered, 'We'll be two'," the center-back told Sky Sports.

"Mbappe is the toughest opponent I've faced. His speed is unstoppable," he added.

Meanwhile, Djiku has established himself as a mainstay in the Ghana national team since making his international debut in 2020.

He also helped the Black Stars book their place at the Qatar 2022 World Cup following a pulsating 1-1 draw against Nigeria at the Mashood Abiola Stadium on Tuesday evening.

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A first-half strike by Thomas Partey was cancelled out by a penalty from Super Eagles captain William Troost-Ekong as both teams shared the spoils in Abuja.

The result sealed Ghana’s qualification on away goals after the first leg ended in a goalless draw at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Djiku said he is looking forward to playing at the World Cup, adding that playing on the world stage will be magical.

"There is nothing better in football than a World Cup. To experience it would just be magical. We do this job to experience magical moments,” he told Sky Sports before the two-legged tie against Nigeria.

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