Fabio Cannavaro says Alan Shearer was one of the best strikers he ever faced – and addresses the elbow on him in the Champions League

Fabio Cannavaro of Italy speaks with the media during a press conference on June 11, 2010 in Centurion, South Africa.
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Fabio Cannavaro has been speaking to FourFourTwo about how Alan Shearer was one of the best forwards that he ever faced.

Cannavaro was the last defender to win the Ballon d'Or, facing some of the greatest strikers of all time during Serie A's golden era. But more than just playing against Italy's best, he held his own against some of the Premier League's best players. 

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Daniele Verri is an Italian journalist who writes for FourFourTwo as well as a number of other titles around the world, including BBC Sport . He has interviewed a wide range of footballers for FourFourTwo, including North Macedonia's history maker Goran Pandev, former Roma and Italy striker Vincenzo Montella and Brazilian goalkeeper Dida. 

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