Four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, who is considered as one of the best footballers of modern era and arguably among the best to grace the game ever, has stated that he believes current Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney always puts his team’s results ahead of personal achievements and is a total team player.
Lionel Messi owns most football records in the history since emerging into the first team for Barcelona almost a decade ago and he stated that Wayne Rooney is among the best footballers of this generation.
Wayne Rooney surpassed England and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton’s goals tally earlier this week and scored his 50th goal for the Three Lions but Messi believes that personal achievements do not matter to the Red Devils’ hero as much as his team’s performances do.
“Wayne Rooney is for me a once in a generation player. One of those special players, who is not comparable to any other,” Messi said.
“There are many special players, but Rooney has exceptional quality and technical ability as well as being one of the strongest players I have faced with an exceptional work rate – there is nobody like him.”
“Rooney is a winner. He will just be focused on success with England in the European Championship.”
“I have always said the same is true of myself and Argentina — breaking caps and goals records mean nothing unless they come with trophies.”
“Like I say, Wayne is a winner. It will always be the team first and personal records second.”
Rooney who now graces the field at Old Trafford is cherishing the armband for the 20 time League winners and is on the brink of becoming the top scorer for Red Devils too as he needs 16 goals to touch Sir Bobby Charlton’s goals tally. HE has 233 goals for United to his name compared to Charlton’s 249 and Denis Law’s 237.