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Forget Messi and Ronaldo—no one in soccer was better than Croatia’s captain. So we asked teammates and opponents what it’s like to face the Ballon d’Or winner.

RYAN GIGGS

MANCHESTER UNITED MIDFIELDER, 1990-2014

“When he came to the Premier League, he looked quite timid, and you felt you would be able to get at him. But you never could. His

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