- Wayne Rooney who had a breathtaking footballing career has officially retired from the game
- The 35-year-old has been officially appointed the manager at English club Derby County
- Messi and Ronaldo’s earlier remarks on the legend shows how incredible he was during his active days
England and Manchester United‘s all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney has officially retired after he was named the first team manager for Derby County.
Earlier comments by legendary Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney had confirmed how incredible the player was during his playing days.
In the world of football, many still feel that Rooney was not quite appreciated for all he did for the game as much as he ought to have been.
However the accolades from Messi and Ronaldo were enough to explain how incredible Rooney was during his remarkable career.
Messi, who enjoyed two Champions League final victories over Rooney and United, said he was one of the best he ever played against. Messi told Coach Magazine:
"Over the years we have faced many British teams in Europe and come up against many good players, but I have always had a big respect for Wayne Rooney.
"He has played at the highest level for many years and is one of the special players of the generation."
Ronaldo, meanwhile, won three Premier League titles in a row playing alongside the former Everton man and used to call him 'pitbull' because of the tenacity and aggression he brought to the table. In 2015, Ronaldo said, as cited in SPORTbible.
"He never stops, he always runs, helps the team. He's a fantastic team player and he scores goals.
"He scored important goals, for me he's fantastic. He was the kid of England. Everyone loved him. He is a fantastic boy, fantastic player.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Wayne Rooney's son Kai has been signed by Man United as the 11-year-old looks to follow in the footsteps of his father.
Being the most decorated player at Old Trafford, Rooney posted Kai signing a contract with the Red Devils on his Instagram handle.
Rooney won five Premier League titles, three League Cups, one FA Cup, one Europa League and one Champions League during his spell at the Theatre of Dreams.
He remains the club's highest goal scorer with 253 goals in 559 appearances for United, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's long-standing record in January 2017.
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