Wayne Rooney rated on a similar level to Cristiano Ronaldo

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Wayne Rooney is on the same level as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according to Germany legend Paul Breitner.

As reported by Manchester United's official website, Paul Breitner, who scored in two separate World Cup finals, hailed the Red Devils captain, claiming that Rooney is the number one player plying his trade at Old Trafford. 

In fact, he claimed that 'he is Manchester United', and is recognised by millions as one of the world's best. 

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Rooney, who has been starring at the Theatre of Dreams for over a decade, has enjoyed a fine career, securing numerous pieces of silverware, including Champions League and Premier League honours. 

World star 

And Britner certainly rates the club's talisman, as he told "You have so many outstanding players in your team and in your squad but, of course, if you talk right now about the players of Manchester United then, in Europe and in world football, the number one is Wayne Rooney. 

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"If you have a player at the level of [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi or [Franck] Ribery for instance, you are always thinking of him, Wayne Rooney, [as well] because he is for many, many football fans and hundreds of millions of people, he is Manchester United.He is apart from the other great players you have. He is a man who embodies all the history of the club.”

Champions League race 

Rooney, of course, enjoyed a great weekend as he helped the Red Devils secure a 3-0 victory over top four rivals Tottenham. The United ace, who has been moved back up front in recent week, completed the scoring on home soil, to help keep his club in the Champions League places.

Next up for Rooney and Co., however, is a huge showdown with rivals Liverpool at Anfield. Louis van Gaal's side will be desperate to secure on a positive result on Merseyside as they go in search of a strong end to the Premier League season. 

Rooney is key 

To an extent, Rooney is on a similar level to the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Co. At the end of the day, despite not scoring as many goals as the superstar duo, Rooney is the talisman for his club. 

And United fans will be right to look towards Rooney as they go in search of success in the latter stages of the campaign. The skipper will play a huge role over the coming months and must continue to prove his credentials up front. 

He certainly has the ability to drive the Red Devils on and United fans must keep faith with their most important and valuable player. 

Manchester United fans: Do you agree? Can Rooney secure Champions League qualification for your club this season? 

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