Wayne Rooney has named Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo as the two best players that he has ever played with.
Whilst Ronaldo's inclusion in the list of two is no surprise, Scholes' inclusion has proven that the two have clearly buried the hatchet after a very public falling out last year.
“There’s been so many,” said Rooney as relayed by the Daily Mail. “I can tell you two. I can’t tell you one. Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes.
“Those two, for different reasons, have been fantastic.”
Scholes was quoted last year as suggesting that Rooney was past his best and may retire earlier than most footballers. The comments provoked an aggressive retort from the England striker.
During his playing career, Scholes was apparently shy and liked to avoid the media. However, he has been very frank in his assessment of players, clubs and matches while working for ITV, BT Sport and Paddy Power.
Scholes' comments concerning Rooney were just as candid as fans have come to expect, despite his association with the player.
“There’s a chance he’s worn out. Wayne’s peak may have been a lot younger than what we’d expect of footballers traditionally," Scholes said at the time.
“Age 28 or 29 has been the normal ‘peak’. With Wayne, it could have been when he scored 27 league goals in 2011-12 when he was 26.
“Wayne might be a player who’d retire come 31 or 32, given the amount of football he’s played.”
Rooney's aggressive response
Rooney dismissed Scholes' claims and suggested that he was not interested in what the former United midfielder had to say.
“He has been a team-mate, but he’s been away from the first team for a long time,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of you (in the press) saying he’s coached me and been around the team, but he hasn’t.
“I’m not really going to react. I’m not interested."
Despite this minor fracas, Rooney is clearly ready to bury the hatchet if the two have not solved their issues already.