Wayne Rooney has been described as a “once in a generation player” and “not comparable to any other player” by Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
The Manchester United man became England’s record goalscorer with 50 goals for his country after scoring from the spot in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Switzerland at Wembley, overtaking fellow United and England great Bobby Charlton.
There has been a lot of debate about Rooney’s value to England and he has been criticised for scoring a lot of his goals against the so-called minnows of international football, but Argentina forward Messi says people should appreciate Rooney as a player of “exceptional quality”.
“Wayne Rooney is for me a once in a generation player. One of those special players, who is not comparable to any other,” Messi is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“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.
“Rooney is a winner. He will just be focused on success with England in the European Championship.
“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.”