Best Player: Rooney picks Messi over Ronaldo

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Messi and Ronaldo
Messi and Ronaldo

Manchester United and England’s highest goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, has joined the debate on who is the world’s best player between Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo and Messi have gone on to win the World’s Best Player prize 11 times between them since 2007, with Luka Modric the only player to snatch the award, and that was in 2018 following an extraordinary World Cup campaign in Russia

Rooney, who is friends with Ronaldo and was his former teammate at Manchester United believed Messi is better than Ronaldo and should be considered the best on the planet.

The Derby County captain stated this in his Sunday Times column.

He wrote: “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.

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“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.

“But despite my friendship with Cristiano, I’d go for Messi. It’s for the same reason I loved watching Xavi and [Paul] 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,” he added.

“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.