Manchester United and England skipper Wayne Rooney has claimed that former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world, according to the Daily Mail.
Real Madrid's star man Ronaldo picked up yet another personal accolade this week as his heroics on the pitch won him his third Golden Boot of his career.
Ronaldo scored 31 goals last season and shared the award with former Liverpool star Luis Suarez, who also scored the same amount of goals before completing his move to Barcelona in this summer's transfer window.
The former United man has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 23 goals in the opening 17 games of the season, having only failed to score in just three games.
Rooney, who shared five glorious years at United with Ronaldo, claims his former teammate has certainly edged Lionel Messi in establishing himself as the best player in the world and will definitely win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award in January next year.
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When asked whether Ronaldo will retain the award, Rooney said: "I think so. He’s had an incredible two or three years.
"I think he has certainly overtaken Lionel Messi now as the best player in the world. I’m sure it’ll be difficult to give it to anyone else."
"I think he has certainly overtaken Lionel Messi now as the best player in the world. I’m sure it’ll be difficult to give it to anyone else"
While Rooney certainly believes that Ronaldo is the best footballer on the planet, the player himself has set his sights to prove it himself. Ronnie, as he was affectionately known during his time in Manchester, wants to go down as the best player in history.
"Winning the third Golden Shoe feels just like winning the first," said Ronaldo who won his first Golden Shoe in the 2007-08 season with Manchester United.
"I am very happy, this is a very special day. I always try to do things well, not just last season. I always want more. The last five years my numbers have been very good. The last two were a bit better."
The best ever
"I am not happy with being the best in Portugal. I want to be the best ever, I will work to do that. Then it depends on each individual's opinion."
"I am not happy with being the best in Portugal. I want to be the best ever, I will work to do that. Then it depends on each individual's opinion"
Ronaldo claims that he is working hard to achieve his goal and taking it step by step. He says that when he looks back at his career he wants to be seen as one of the best players ever to have graced the beautiful game.
"In my profession I want to be always the best, I am making my history step by step. When my career ends I want to look at the statistics and see that I am among the best players ever. I am sure I will be."