Wayne Rooney has revealed why he thinks Lionel Messi is superior to his former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Rooney and Ronaldo have been going back-and-forth within the media within the final week after the latter responded bitterly to footballing criticisms from the previous, insisting he’s higher wanting and they’re now not associates.
Regardless of Ronaldo’s petulant outbursts, Rooney has remained magnanimous all through the saga, sympathising with the Portuguese’s incapability to just accept the place he is at this late into his taking part in profession.
In an interview with The Instances, Rooney defined that profitable the upcoming World Cup would do wonders for both Messi or Ronaldo’s legacy, however the former Barcelona star will go down as the higher participant in his books.
“For me, Argentina are the favourites,” Rooney stated of the World Cup. “Not like in 2018, they’ve loads of good, strong gamers round Lionel Messi akin to Lautaro Martínez, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul and naturally Angel Di Maria.
“Profitable the Copa America final yr may have given them confidence and has taken a little bit of strain off them. The local weather will swimsuit them too. The one factor they’re lacking is a No 9, that focus in assault, however I feel they are going to be actually harmful.”
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He added: “It might be an ideal story for soccer if both Messi or Ronaldo gained the World Cup. I’ve heard among the Argentine gamers saying that they need to win it for Messi. That’s loopy – and would possibly solely enhance the strain on them.
“Everybody has totally different views on Messi and Ronaldo however I’ve stated many occasions that I feel Messi is the very best. I’ve watched a lot of movies of Diego Maradona, who was an analogous participant, however Messi is healthier. He has every part – the best way he controls video games, his dribbling, his assists – whereas Ronaldo is extra of a goalscorer.”