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Lionel Messi: “Wayne Rooney Is A Once In A Generation Player”

Lionel Messi: “Wayne Rooney is a once in a generation player”

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Updated Sep 10, 2015

Many tributes have flooded in for the Manchester United and England captain after the striker became England’s all-time leading goalscorer on Tuesday — he scored his 50th goal in 107 games for the Three Lions to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record — but perhaps Messi’s glowing praise will stand out above them all.

Messi, the captain of Argentina and a Barcelona legend who has been crowned the best player on the planet on four different occasions, had the following to say about Rooney.

“Wayne Rooney is for me a once in a generation player. One of those special players, who is not comparable to any other,” Messi said. “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.”

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