Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu reveals toughest midfielder he ever faced

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Madi Panandetiguiri of Burkina Faso (R) and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu of Ghana vie for the ball during the group stage match between Ghana and Burkina Faso in the African Cup of Nations football championships CAN2010 at November 11 stadium in Luanda on January 19,2010. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Ghana International Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has disclosed the toughest midfield opponent he ever played against in his entire Black Stars career.

The 30-year-old announced his retirement from international duties after making 78 appearances for the Black Stars in his 9-year stay with the four-time Africa champions.

Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast controls the ball during their group stage match against Ghana at the Chiazi stadium in Cabinda at the Africa Cup of Nations CAN 2010 on January 15, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Badu made Ghana’s squad list for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations(Afcon) held in Angola where the West African country finished as runners-up to Egypt.

The former Udinese midfielder crossed paths with a plethora of World-class talent but has admitted that former Barcelona and Manchester City star Yaya Toure is the toughest midfield opponent he faced.

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 26, Yaya Toure (M) of Ivory Coast celebrates scoring a goal with Didier Drogba and Max Gradel during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match between Ivory Coast and Tunisia at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on January 26, 2013 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Ivory Coast defeated Ghana 3-1 in a Group B fixture and Badu insisted that the Ivorian superstar edged past all other midfielders he faced in his Black Stars career.

“Yaya Toure. He was too good for us during 2010 Afcon. We just couldn’t contain him, ” he said in an interview with Accra-based Angel FM.

“He and Zokora made us look like small boys. When he had the ball, we couldn’t dispossess him. When we had, he takes it easily.”

He also appeared in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Afcon, with the team twice recording fourth-placed finishes.

Black Star of Ghana National football team playera Micheal Essien (C) duels for the ball with Ivory Coast’s Salomon Kalou (R) and Yaya Toure (L) during their group stage match at the Chiazi stadium in Cabinda at the Africa Cup of Nations CAN 2010 on January 15, 2010. Ivory Coast won 3-1.AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images)

The former Berekum Arsenals and Asante Kotoko midfielder was a member of the Black Stars team that played in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when he missed the previous edition due to injury.

Badu’s last penalty kick won Ghana Africa’s first U-20 Fifa World Cup against Brazil in Egypt in 2009.

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