Lionel Messi hails Wayne Rooney for England goalscoring record

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Wayne Rooney scored his 50th goal for England on Tuesday night against Switzerland, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goalscoring record of 49 goals for England and writing his name in the history books.

Since then, everybody from Sir Geoff Hurst to Gary Lineker has praised the forward for what is a remarkable achievement, with Barcelona star Lionel Messi amongst those to congratulate the 29-year-old Manchester United striker.

The Argentine hailed England's captain, revealing that he is "a once in a generation player" and "one of those special players who is not comparable to any other". The 28-year-old has come up against Rooney on several occasions at club level and knows his game pretty well.


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As reported by the Daily Mirror, he went on to say: "There are many special players, but Rooney has exceptional quality and technical ability as well as being one of the strongest players I have faced with an exceptional work rate - there is nobody like him". 

Praise that Rooney is likely to cherish, without doubt, though Messi continued to confess that he and Rooney share similar anguish in their international careers.

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"I have always said the same is true of myself and Argentina - breaking caps and goals records mean nothing unless they come with trophies.

"Like I say, Wayne is a winner. It will always be the team first and personal records second."

Messi clearly believes that Rooney will be unfulfilled if he fails to bring silverware home for England and that personal glory will mean little without collective success, placing all-the-more importance on next year's European Championships - a challenge the Barcelona ace feels Rooney will relish.

"Rooney is a winner. He will just be focused on success with England in the European Championship." 

England fans will hope that Messi is right not just about Rooney's quality, but also about his desire and ability to achieve team success next summer.

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