Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes Argentina superstar Lionel Messi is a 'better player' than Diego Maradona.
As reported by the Telegraph, Rooney, who has been speaking ahead of England's clash with minnows San Marino today, claims Messi is greater than Maradona even though he hasn't secured World Cup success.
Rooney, of course, could break Sir Bobby Charlton's England scoring record of 49 goals should he score twice this evening, and he has set his sights on securing World Cup success with the Three Lions despite previous failures.
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One thing's for sure, though, Rooney holds Messi above Maradona in the pecking order of the all-time greatest players.
The Manchester United star stated: “It's the same. Up to a couple of years ago, people were saying Messi wasn't Maradona because he hadn't won the World Cup.
“In my mind, Messi is a better player than Maradona. But that's how football is. It's about trophies you win. As a team, that's how you're judged. Sir Bobby did that (won the World Cup). Hopefully there's still time for me to be successful like that.”
Rooney a legend
Of course, despite his incredible record, debate will no doubt continue to rumble on as to whether Rooney will retire a legend of the game. Ultimately, though, you can't deny the statistics, and the England and United captain deserves a great deal of praise for all he's achieved in the game.
The striker will no doubt retire as the leading scorer for both club and country, but will no doubt be desperate to secure silverware with both in the coming years.
Will Rooney retire a legend? And is Messi greater than Maradona? Have your say below!