Ahead of arguably the biggest of games in the Premier League, the Manchester derby on Tuesday night, United’s talismanic striker and English International Wayne Rooney lifted the lid on who feels as the world’s best player at the moment. In a recent interview with bwin.com, the Red Devil without any hesitation said he feels the diminutive Argentine is currently the world’s best player without a shade of doubt. Looking past his former team mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney said that  the Bracelona player is soothing to the eye and should be the most adored footballer of the planet.


Also in the interview with bwin, Rooney revealed that boxer Floyd Mayweather is his favourite non-footballing athlete thanks to his never say die attitude and his uncompromising style and the desire to win any match under any given circumstances. For Wazza, as he is adorably called boxing is something of a Rooney’s favourite sports and Mike Tyson is his all-time sporting hero.

Coming back to Football though, Rooney also felt that current Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is at par with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo on the top. The Uruguayan has been simply sensational for Liverpool as the Merseysiders are currently second in the Premier League table, with players giving fans hope of the long awaited Premier League title. The Uruguayan is leading the goal scoring charts of the Premier League also having grabbed the most assists in the current campaign.

And finally, Manchester City’s David Silva feels United haven’t made the best use of Juan Mata since his arrival from Chelsea in the January transfer window. The City midfielder will face his Spain team-mate in Tuesday’s Manchester derby in their first meeting since Mata became United’s £37.1 million club record signing in January. Silva is a big admirer of Mata, who was also a colleague in his time at Valencia, but the World Cup winner hasn’t quite set the ground running since arriving at Old Trafford.

“They have not managed to bring out the best out in him but he is a very talented player and he will show it,” Silva told The Independent.

Source: The Independent, BBC and ESPN