Former England striker Gary Lineker believes that Manchester United and Three Lions captain Wayne Rooney was never destined to be an all time great alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The current skipper of his international side has enjoyed a glittering career at club level, winning European and domestic honours while scoring with regularity since his move to the Red Devils from Everton as a teenager – he’s only 30 strikes off of being the club’s all-time leading scorer.
But with his form having dipped on a number of occasions and his performances for his country having often been off of the pace at major tournaments, many have been critical of his abilities.
While Ronaldo – whom he played alongside at United – has gone on to be, arguably, the best player on the planet, Rooney hasn’t quite lived up the billing he received as a youngster.
Lineker says that ‘Wazza’ is world class, but that he was never ever going to be one of the game’s all time greats:
“During his first major tournament, he was a huge success and looked like being a superstar,” he told talkSPORT. “We’ve seen a lot of great things from Rooney over a long period. There’s no question he’s a terrific player.
“[But] he’s not gone on to become a Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Realistically, he was never going to be one of the all-time great players.
“At the same time, he’s one of the best English players we’ve had, there’s no doubt about that. He is world class.”
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