The Nickname That Cristiano Ronaldo Gave Wayne Rooney At Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney shared a brilliant partnership at Manchester United and the Juventus forward shared what he used to call his former teammate and it feels extremely apt for 'Wazza.'

Such was the impact that Cristiano Ronaldo had during his time at Old Trafford that some fans were genuinely hoping he'd score when he returned to face his former club in the Champions League two weeks ago.

As it was Juve were victorious but the five time Ballon d'Or winner wasn't on the scoresheet as Paulo Dybala bagged the only game in a very dominant 1-0 win for the Old Lady.

This week Ronaldo gets to play host his former side as the Champions League continues at pace, United hoping for a win.

In the same week a former teammate of Ronaldo's is in the headlines for his own return. Wayne Rooney will return to Wembley to play for England when they take on USA in a friendly later this month.

It has caused some controversy but reminded people of the time Ronaldo revealed his nickname for Rooney, 'pit bull'. Summing up the former England captain's play Ronaldo said:

"For me the power of Wayne Rooney is his mentality and strength.

"He never stops, he always runs, helps the team. He's a fantastic team player and he scores goals. He scored important goals, for me he's fantastic.

"He was the kid of England. Everyone loved him. He is a fantastic boy, fantastic player.

"I used to call him, between me and my mates, the pit bull. I remember when he lost the ball he was so powerful, a strong guy, he shoots unbelievable."

The interview was 2015 when Rooney was still at Old Trafford and Ronaldo was with Real Madrid.

At the time it would have been expected that the former Sporting man would be the first of the pair to head for America to play in the MLS but now Rooney is plying his trade with DC United.

Perhaps Ronaldo will join him soon with the Portuguese star admitting in the same interview he'd like to play with his former teammate again adding, "He scored many goals, what can I say? I miss playing with him. The future nobody knows. Maybe we'll play one day together again."

Rooney and Ronaldo embrace. Image: PA Images
Rooney and Ronaldo embrace. Image: PA Images

Rooney's return to play for England has caused controversy. The 33 year old retired from international football last year and some feel getting his 120th cap is disrespectful to the shirt.

Ryan Sidle

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