Over the years, Hugo Lloris has faced all, or close to, of the best strikers in the world, whether it be at club level or during his time as a France international.
The 31-year-old is widely seen as one of the better goalkeepers in the world, and showcased his talent once again during the 2018 World Cup (blip against Croatia aside), helping the French national team lift the prestigious trophy over the summer.
A guest on RMC Sport’s La Tribune, the Tottenham shot stopper faced eight minutes of questions from members of the audience, including one asking him which of all the great forwards he has faced was the toughest to play against.
While he could have gone for Cristiano Ronaldo or even Lionel Messi, he said: “It’s hard to pick one. A player like Raul, I played him when he was at Real Madrid and Schalke, he always had that quick glance on the goalkeeper, on where he was positioned and he shot depending on that.
“After that, there’s the Suarezs, the Messis, I don’t need to present them. Back in the day, there was also Pauleta at Paris Saint-Germain. I played him a lot when I was at Nice”.
Few would contest that Raul was one of the best strikers of his generation, and the Spaniard held, for a long time, the most amount of goals scored in the Champions League.
That is, of course, until the Messi-Ronaldo era turned up and almost every scoring record known to man was broken in some shape or form.