Rooney: Cristiano is ruthless in the box, but Messi will torture you before he kills you

Despite being a former teammate of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney believes that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is better than his ex-Manchester United strike partner.

Rooney was actually on the receiving end of Messi greatness in two Champions League finals which Manchester United lost to Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.

Ronaldo is ruthless in the box, a killer, but Messi will torture you before he kills you,” Rooney admitted in his Sunday Times column.

“With Messi you just get the impression he is having more fun, those two have completely changed the game in terms of goalscoring numbers, and I don’t think they’ll ever be matched.

“Despite my friendship with Cristiano, I’d always choose Messi, it’s the same reason I loved watching Xavi and Scholes, I can’t remember seeing Messi score when he has hit the ball as hard as he could, he just rolls them in.”

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