This thread is a spinoff of this one
Far as I can tell, in general terms the answers for the nice OP of such thread had essentially not followed any systematic objective criteria (aside from some nationalism here & there, of course).
Just to try to make the issue a bit more objective:
Who would you consider to have been the more powerful enemy overcomed by any of those great admirals & naval commanders relative to their own strength?
The 1st Duke of Albemarle against de Ruyter?
Monsieur Villeneuve against Horatio Nelson?
Admiral Yamamoto against Chester Nimitz?
Admiral Rozhestvensky against Admiral Togo?
... And so on... either from the list of that nice poll, any other commander mentioned in that thread, or any other example you may think about.
In other words, which was the greatest deed; which of those defeated enemy forces was objectively the most powerful one relative to the victor?
Please explain the rationale of any of your choices (the whys and hows) as detailed as possible.
Any input would be highly welcomed.
Thanks in advance
For the record:
AFAIK only two commanders of the poll of the original thread actually ever faced each other; Barbarossa & Doria (the former won).