Rooney rates Messi above former Man Utd teammate Ronaldo

Wayne Rooney has placed Barcelona forward Lionel Messi above Real Madrid’s former Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo when asked to compare the two players, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Speaking in a webchat organised by one of United’s sponsors, Rooney described Messi as one of football’s greatest ever players – but did concede that in any other era, when Messi was not present, Ronaldo would be the undisputed greatest.

Rooney said: “I think Messi’s incredible. I think he’s the best ever, so I’d have to say Messi. But Ronaldo has been a bit unlucky because, in any other time, he’d be winning all the awards Messi has. But they’re two of the best players of all-time.

Tom Cleverley, meanwhile, put Ronaldo over Messi while Jonny Evans who, like Rooney, played with Ronaldo during the Portuguese’s time at Old Trafford, also went for his old colleague.

Evans added: “It’s hard to compare them because we haven’t had the chance to see Messi up close every day, but we’ve had that with Ronaldo. I was in the first-team for one season when Ronaldo was here and you sort of take it for granted, the quality he had, but I really don’t think I could choose between them.

But just for the fact I’ve seen Ronaldo day-in, day-out, and the dedication he has, I’d probably have to say Ronaldo.

Ronaldo scored against United for Madrid a week ago when the sides met in the Champions League, with his first return to Old Trafford since moving to Spain to come in the return leg in March.

The goal was part of Ronaldo’s 183 in 181 games for Madrid, while Messi recently passed 300 goals for Barcelona, with 301 in 366 appearances to his name.

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