Rooney Rates  Messi Ahead Of Former Teammate, Ronaldo 

By Ibrahim Taiwo , The Nigerian Voice Sports

Mancheater United's all time goal scorer, Wayne Rooney has rated Lionel Messi ahead of former teammate at United, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rooney joined former teammate in the England national team, David Beckham, with his opinion on the comparison of who's a better player between Messi and Ronaldo.

While speaking to The Sunday Times, Rooney said "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."

"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 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."

"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. Those two have completely changed the game in terms of goalscoring numbers and I don’t think they’ll ever be matched."

Both Ronaldo and Rooney spearheaded United's frontline for years at Manchester United, helping the Red Devils to a hat-trick of Premier League titles before the Portuguese joined Real Madrid in 2009.