‘Lionel Messi is the best player of all time’ – Man United legend takes well-timed swipe at Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has aimed a well-timed dig at Cristiano Ronaldo by describing Lionel Messi as the ‘best’ footballer of all time.

This comes days after Ronaldo claimed his former teammate Rooney is jealous of success.

Rooney told The Times: “For me, Argentina are the favourites. Unlike in 2018, they have plenty of good, solid players around Lionel Messi such as Lautaro Martínez, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul and of course Angel Di Maria.

“Winning the Copa America last year will have given them confidence and has taken a bit of pressure off them. The climate will suit them too. The only thing they are missing is a No 9, that focal point in attack, but I think they will be really dangerous.”

When asked whether a World Cup trophy would cement Messi as the best of all time, Rooney replied: “Everyone has different views on Messi and Ronaldo but I have said many times that I think Messi is the best.

“I have watched lots of videos of Diego Maradona, who was a similar player, but Messi is better. He has everything — the way he controls games, his dribbling, his assists — whereas Ronaldo is more of a goalscorer.

“It would be a great story for football if either Messi or Ronaldo won the World Cup. I have heard some of the Argentine players saying that they want to win it for Messi. That’s crazy — and might only increase the pressure on them.”