“But despite my friendship with Cristiano, I’d go for Messi -Rooney
Wayne Rooney has given his opinion in the never-ending debate of who the greatest player is between Barcelona Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Former Manchester United striker Rooney has been good friends with Ronaldo and also formed a great partnership with him during their days at United.
The 32-year old, who is currently at Derby County as a player-coach has chosen Messi as his preferred choice, despite his friendship with Cristiano.
“Ronaldo wasn’t as focused on goals when we started playing together but you could see that all he wanted was to be the best player in the world,” he wrote in Sunday Times Column.
“He practised and practised and began to produce. Cristiano has become an incredible scorer and he and Messi are arguably the best two players the game has seen.
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“But despite my friendship with Cristiano, I’d go for Messi. It’s for the same reason I loved watching Xavi and Scholes: it’s the different things in Messi’s game. I’ve talked about composure and I can’t remember seeing Messi score when he has hit the ball as hard as he could. He just rolls them in, makes it so easy.
“Ronaldo is ruthless in the box, a killer. But Messi will torture you before he kills you. With Messi you just get the impression he is having more fun. Those two have completely changed the game in terms of goalscoring numbers and I don’t think they’ll ever be matched.”
The debate over who is better between the two superstars will continue to rage on for many years to come.
Both players have excelled in their respective footballing careers setting and breaking records, while sharing eleven Ballon d’Or between them.