Wayne Rooney claims Park was as valuable as Ronaldo at Man United

Wayne Rooney claims Park was as valuable as Ronaldo at Man United

- Wayne Rooney has insisted that Park Ji-sung deserves as much credit as Ronaldo

- The Korean had a successful spell at Old Trafford winning four league title and the UCL

- The Englishman also praised Park for keeping out Andrea Pirlo during UCL clash with AC Milan

Wayne Rooney has revealed that former Man United Park Ji-sung was as important as Cristiano Ronaldo during their respective spells at Old Trafford.

The Korean midfielder rose to the occasion when called upon by manager Sier Alex Ferguson which won him four Premier League titles and the Champions League.

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"It makes me think about my own career," Rooney said in his Sunday Times column, speaking about watching The Last Dance documentary and how it outlines the importance of teamwork.

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"It's crazy but if you mentioned Cristiano Ronaldo to a 12-year-old, they would immediately say, "Yeah, he was a brilliant player for Manchester United," but if you said "Park Ji-sung" they may not know who he was. Yet all of us who played with Park know he was almost as important to our success.

"Fletch and Park played a huge role in our development as a side."

The former England captain went on to applaud Park's performance against AC Milan during the 2010 Champions League where he man-marked Andrea Pirlo and the Italian noted it on his autobiography.

Speaking about the game United's all time top scorer wrote in his column, saying, "I remember Fergie's team talk before playing AC Milan. He literally said to Park: 'Your job today is not about touching the ball, it's not about making passes, your job is Pirlo. That's all: Pirlo.'

"At the time Andrea Pirlo was averaging 110 passes per game, something stupid like that, and out of those about 60-70 were forward passes, passes that could hurt you. He had this trick: when the ball came to him from the full back, he would play it first time over your centre back's head, for Andriy Shevchenko or Kaka to run through. Pirlo was the best I've seen at that pass.

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"So Fergie said to Park: "He cannot be allowed that pass. You cannot be one yard or one second late." And I think Pirlo barely had 40 passes in that game, and 95 per cent were backwards because Park was so unbelievable at carrying out his orders. The rest of us appreciated that, physically and mentally, what Park managed to do that night was so difficult."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo's partner released a new video that suggests she could be expecting another baby for her lover.

The 26-year-old cradled her pet cat under the top she was wearing in the video clip which is understood to lead to fresh pregnancy speculation.

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