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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: who is one of the players they admire the most

Both legends talked about a player who surprised them with his world class quality, impressive workrate and goalscoring ability.

Both legends talked about a player who surprised them with his world class quality, impressive workrate and goalscoring ability.
Both legends talked about a player who surprised them with his world class quality, impressive workrate and goalscoring ability.

Of course, every soccer player feels admiration for some of the top ones. And some at the top admire each other. But not many achieved to be admired by both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the best of this time. But actually, this player has been at least close to their level at some point.

He was someone who at his peak, was probably the best of the world aside the two GOATs. That place has been taken by many players at different times, like Neymar, Luka Modric, Wesley Sneijder, Kaka or Robert Lewandowski. This is Wayne Rooney, who announced his retirement today.

Rooney, who was simultaneously player and manager at Derby County, signed a contract to just coach the team. Cristiano Ronaldo, his teammate at Manchester United, told he missed playing alongside him and remembered that at the Red Devils, Rooney had been nicknamed 'the pitbull', given his aggresive style of play.

Also, the former English international was praised by Lionel Messi, who among the great players he faced in the big amount of matches he had against English teams, he always had a special respect for Roo. At 35 years old, he ended a playing career that started at Everton, made him the Manchester United top scorer ever, and had a good MLS spell in D.C. United.

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