'Rooney One Of The Greats' - Lionel Messi Lauds Manchester United Star

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Wayne Rooney has been the main discussion point during the 2 week international break as he became England's record goalscorer, beating Sir Bobby Charlton into 1st place on 50 goals. 

Now multiple Ballon D'or winner and Barcelona star Lionel Messi has had his say on the divisive Rooney. 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."

Rooney has been criticised for his lack of tournament goals or goals against top opposition, particularly as England have struggled at the last few international tournaments, but Messi is sure that Rooney is a top class talent. 

Rooney sealed the record with a penalty in England's 2-0 win over Switzerland, and Messi said that Rooney will go down as a record breaker, but that trophies are what make legends, "I have always said the same is true of myself and Argentina — breaking caps and goals records mean nothing unless they come with trophies."