Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has called Diego Maradona the 'greatest player ever' after meeting the Argentine legend following the Real Madrid Champions League tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

Rooney revealed Maradona was one of his heroes growing up, and posted a picture of him with the former-Barcelona and Napoli star on his Facebook page after the match.

Writing on his official Facebook page, Rooney said: "Got to meet one of my heroes after the game on Tuesday, the greatest player ever, Diego Maradona!"

The ex-Argentina forward is widely regarded as one of the best players of all-time, along with Brazilian goalscoring legend Pele, and the world's current best player, Lionel Messi.

Maradona won league championships with Boca Juniors and Napoli and the Copa Del Rey with Barcelona, not to mention a World Cup with Argentina in 1986.

He was the joint award winner of the FIFA Player of the Century, along with Pele, and was awarded the FIFA Goal of the Century for his stunning solo run against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals.

He was at Old Trafford to watch the massive Champions League last-16 tie between United and Real Madrid earlier this week.

The defending La Liga champions progressed to the quarter-final stage after goals from Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo cancelled out an earlier Sergio Ramos own goal to hand Real Madrid a 2-1 victory.

The 3-2 aggregate triumph ends Manchester United's hopes of landing a famous treble, but they will now focus their attention on completing the double, as they look to wrap up the Premier League title, and win their first FA Cup win since 2004.

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