Rio Ferdinand congratulates Wayne Rooney on Facebook

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, has joined current and former professionals in congratulating Wayne Rooney on his record breaking night for England.

Rooney scored his 50th goal for the Three Lions, in a 2-0 win over Switzerland last night, smashing Bobby Charlton's 45-year record. 

Some people have dismissed the landmark moment, claiming the Manchester United captain has faced easy opposition, and has not performed at major tournaments throughout his career.


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However, Ferdinand has jumped to the defence of his former team-mate, on Facebook, and has compared his goalscoring record to that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The BT Sport pundit spoke of Rooney's rise from a 'street football player' to a player who is 'seeking out record breaking milestones.'

He also claimed that the 29-year-old was not a natural finisher in his early days, but worked for hours on the training ground, taking pointers from players like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to improve his finishing. 

Ferdinand, who spent ten years with Rooney at Old Trafford, claimed he has become a more selfish player throughout his career.

On paper Rooney's goals to game ratio looks better than Ronaldo and is on par with Messi, and shows his influence on the national team.

However, he has scored a number of goals during qualification for international tournaments, but has failed to replicate his form on the big stage.

His solitary goal in 11 World Cup matches, is dwarfed by Messi's five in 15, while Ronaldo has three in 13. 

Rooney's failure at major tournaments can not be put down to him alone, as the whole squad have failed to produce on a regular basis, and a forward can not score if chances are not created. 


Having overtaken Charlton in the international goals table, the United captain now has the World Cup winner's Red Devils' record in his sights.

Having scored 233 goals, since leaving Everton in 2004, Rooney is 16 behind the United legend, and could realistically break that record this season. He is also 18 caps behind Peter Shilton's 125 record.

Having burst onto the scene as a teenager, it is fair to say more was expected of the England captain, however there is no doubting his quality and influence for club and country.

Rooney often receives criticism from sections of supporters, but one thing is for sure, he will be missed when he is gone. 

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