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Newcastle fullback Willems: Facing Adama Traore tougher than Ronaldo

Newcastle United fullback Jetro Willems admits he was left impressed by Wolves winger Adama Traore during Saturday's 1-1 draw.

Willems says trying to mark the Spaniard was the toughest test of his career.

He said: "I have played against some very good players in my career, but no-one quite as fast as Traore.

"He is unbelievable, definitely a beast. Not only is he incredibly fast, he is so, so strong as well.

"He's known as the fastest man in football, and now I know that is true.

"I like to think I am quite fast too – at least I did before playing against him! That was something else."

Willems added: “I have played against (Cristiano) Ronaldo who is fast, but not that fast. Of course, he is so skilful but sometimes that is easier than being up against someone with such incredible pace.

“I played against Ronaldo in the Euros when Netherlands played Portugal.

"But that (against Traore) is as tough an afternoon as I have had, even though I thought I did quite well."

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