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Wayne Rooney breaks 'forbidden' Cristiano Ronaldo rule during chat with Gary Neville

Wayne Rooney breaks 'forbidden' Cristiano Ronaldo rule during chat with Gary Neville

Wayne Rooney spoke to former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville on the latest episode of The Overlap.

Wayne Rooney has broken a ‘forbidden’ Cristiano Ronaldo rule during his interview with Gary Neville.

Former Manchester United and England superstar Rooney spoke to his former teammate Neville during the latest episode of The Overlap, brought to you by Sky Bet.

The pair spoke about their time together at Old Trafford whilst Rooney revealed his favourite pre-match song, his biggest regret and his dream of managing United in the future.

However, he appeared to break a Ronaldo-related rule when asked to name the best player to ever play the game.

Rooney, who played with Ronaldo at United, said: “I think Messi, he’s the best ever. I get a lot of stick for saying Messi where it’s as if, ‘How can you say Messi, it’s Ronaldo.’

“I understand that people can say Messi, people can say Ronaldo – they are both incredible, probably the best two players to ever play the game.”

He added: “For me, Messi has just got that little bit more flare, which I like in a player, so that’s the reason.”

This comes as a surprise as many of Ronaldo’s former teammates tend to pick the Portuguese over Messi.

Toni Kroos revealed it was a 'forbidden rule' to side with the Argentine if you had played alongside Ronaldo.

Back in 2022, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was critical of Rooney during his explosive tell-all interview with Piers Morgan.


When asked about Rooney’s criticism of him, Ronaldo said: “It was one year ago, or six months ago. We’re here in my house, he picked up his kids here and he invited (son) Cristiano to go to his house to play football.

“I don’t know why he criticises me so badly…probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at a high level. I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true.”

He continued: “They are not my friends, they are colleagues. We played together, they’re not coming here, we’re not having dinner together.”

At the time, Rooney responded by saying: “There's probably not a football player on the planet that isn't jealous of Cristiano.

“The career he's had, the trophies he's won, the money he's earned, the six-pack, his body. I think every player, bar probably Lionel Messi, is jealous of Cristiano.”

Wayne Rooney was speaking on The Overlap, brought to you by Sky Bet.

Featured Image Credit: The Overlap/Getty

Topics: Wayne Rooney, Football, Gary Neville, Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United