Taking to Twitter, Rooney wrote: “Congratulations to @Cristiano on becoming @realmadrid all time leading goalscorer. Brilliant achievement.”
Ronaldo, however, may have expected Rooney’s congratulatory message to have arrived a couple of weeks earlier. The Portuguese star celebrated becoming Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer before the international break, believing he had broken the 323-goal record set by Raul with a brace against Malmo in the Champions League.
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Real Madrid and Spanish newspaper Marca credit a goal scored by Pepe against Real Sociedad in 2011 to the three-time Ballon d’Or winner - hence the early celebrations - but Ronaldo only officially broke the record with his goal in the 3-0 win over Levante at the weekend.
Despite this, the Real Madrid fans, staff, players and Ronaldo himself did not celebrate as if the long-standing record had just been broken - it was business as usual after their special celebrations earlier this month.
Video: The goal Cristiano Ronaldo counts as his
Rooney and Ronaldo still have great mutual respect for one another after their five years together at Old Trafford.
The BBC recently screened a documentary about Rooney and Ronaldo was one of many current or former teammates to pay tribute to England’s record goalscorer.
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