Former Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho has explained the reason behind why he likes Wayne Rooney‘s style at Manchester United.
The 31-year-old made history earlier this month with a strike against Stoke that secured his status as Man United’s all-time top goalscorer, finally eclipsing Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals.
Some reports, in the wake of Rooney’s record, have claimed that the striker will now depart Old Trafford over the summer, whilst others have claimed that the Englishman – despite no longer receiving regular game time – is happy under Jose Mourinho.
And Ronaldinho, speaking to Four Four Two, noted that the striker’s constant movement on the pitch deserves praise.
“He has skill, shoots well and protects the ball. He is steady – never on the ground. I have always liked his style.”
From a distance it would appear strange for Ronaldinho to laud Rooney’s attacking style: the Brazilian, after all, always espoused a sense of untouchable effortlessness on the pitch, almost as if even the most pressurised environments were, to him, just a casual kick-about in the park.
Rooney, on the other hand, gives off an aura of overwhelming strife, seemingly always busting a gut for every single pass, turn and shot. This is just the way he – just like many other English attackers – seems to conduct himself on the pitch. It is, in many ways, like a battle for Rooney; for Ronaldinho, however, every game is an exhibition – a party in its own right.
That said, the pair do share an unquenchable thirst for the game, characterised by an unyielding sense of thirst for creating perfect moments: never still, always lurking, just waiting for that perfect time to erupt on the scene.