Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s game improved at Manchester United thanks to the unselfish work of Wayne Rooney.
Rooney is the subject of a BBC documentary charting the player’s time in the game, his 11 years at Manchester United and his rise to become England’s record goalscorer.
Ronaldo and Rooney played together at Manchester United for five years and helped fire the club to Champions League glory in 2008, with Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or the following January for his efforts the previous season.
However, Ibrahimovic feels Ronaldo would not have been able to shine if it wasn’t for Rooney’s hard work.
Ibrahimovic on Rooney
“These great players, they have their moments over one to three years. But to continue over five years, for 10 years the way Wayne Rooney has done is not easy. It’s pressure everyday playing for a big team,” Ibrahimovic said.
“He runs a lot, he fights a lot, he sacrifices a lot.
“When he played with Cristiano Ronaldo all the work was done by Rooney, but he didn’t get the credit because Ronaldo was scoring all of the goals.
“I’d prefer to have him in my team than play against him. I’ve not been lucky enough to play with him but I enjoy seeing him on the pitch – if I cannot play with him, I will watch him.”