Cristiano Ronaldo: I miss Wayne Rooney

by Sam Peoples

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he misses playing alongside current Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.

The pair used to be a delight to watch for Man United, as they helped their side to the Champions League title in 2008. Ronaldo scored 42 goals that season and instantly became a United legend.

Both players got into a controversial argument during the World Cup in 2006 when Ronaldo was accused of intentionally trying to get Rooney sent off, but they put it behind them to wreak havoc the following season. Ronaldo clearly has no hard feelings about the incident and hopes to one day play with Rooney again.

The 30-year-old told Marca: “I miss him because we scored a lot of goals and had a great understanding on the pitch. He’s a great player and one of the best in the history of English football.”

Ronaldo also revealed the nickname he came up with for his teammate: “He was the kid of England, all the fans loved him. I was calling him ‘Pitbull’ in the changing rooms because of his hunger to score goals. Wayne Rooney‘s strength is his mentality and his constant desire to score goals for either Manchester United or England.”

The Portuguese star joined the club as an 18-year-old and would have definitely found it tough to adapt in a new country. However, Rooney joined United a year later and was hugely helpful for his colleague.

Ronaldo added: “He’s a fantastic lad and he helped me a lot when he came to join us in Manchester. It wasn’t easy to adapt and he was always helping me. We had a great friendship during the 6 seasons I played at Old Trafford.”

United fans would love to see the pair play together again. Rooney and Ronaldo were a devastating duo for a number of years at Old Trafford and seeing them on the pitch together would be the stuff of dreams for supporters.

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