Hammers hero Trevor Sinclair says Tottenham Hotspur legend was his toughest opponent

Former West Ham United hero Trevor Sinclair has made a surprise admission that a Tottenham Hotspur legend was his toughest ever opponent.

Sinclair, now working as a pundit for the BBC, was an instant hero to Hammers fans after scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw with Everton on his debut in 1998 following a move from Queens Park Rangers.

In a career spanning five years at Upton Park, Tricky Trev - as he affectionately became known on the terraces - scored another 35 goals in 177 appearances, the most he made at any one club throughout his career.

During his time with the Hammers Sinclair played against some of the best players of the Premier League era.

He even went to the World Cup with England where he faced quality players in training and on the biggest stage of all.

Sinclair's 'toughest opponent' surprise

But he has sprung something of a surprise when revealing who was the best player he ever came up against on the pitch.

A keen user of Twitter, Sinclair, who also played for Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City, took to the social networking site to reveal Spurs legend David Ginola was his toughest ever opponent.

Ginola, who scored 13 goals and assisted many more in 100 memorable games for the White Hart Lane side between 1997 and 2000, appeared as a guest on Alan Brazil's Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT recently.

And Sinclair took to Twitter during the show saying: "Listening to talkSPORT and the incredible David Ginola who gave me my toughest game ever as a professional


It is quite the compliment from Sinclair after 587 games as a professional.

Sinclair was at the peak of his powers for the Hammers while French star Ginola was strutting his stuff with their bitter rivals Spurs in North London.

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