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The quite extraordinary numbers behind their time at Old Trafford speak volumes.
Then a season later, with the help of Rooney's unselfish nature and creativity, the ever-improving Ronaldo would score 43 goals in 49 games across all competitions as he lifted the European Golden Boot.
Rooney and Ronaldo then directly combined for six goals during their final year [08/09] together - a joint-record for the club in a Premier League season. Not bad, really.
Wayne Rooney & Cristiano Ronaldo are the greatest duo in premier league history. They tore Europe apart! pic.twitter.com/qj5K0bNpeA- Asolo (@AsoloMufc) January 15, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo: "The power of Wayne Rooney is his mentality and strength - and he never stops." He's a fantastic team player and he scores. "He's a fantastic guy and he helped me a lot when he came to join us in Manchester." pic.twitter.com/2vXVf4TFmI- MR KEMS (@mr_kems4) January 11, 2021
The pair would only spend five years together at Old Trafford after the latter joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 but in that time, they formed one of the greatest partnerships ever seen in English football, if not world football.
Despite a famous incident during the 2006 World Cup, when the Portuguese international winked at the bench after Rooney seen red after stamping on Ricardo Carvalho, both Rooney and Ronaldo shared a great relationship off the pitch at Old Trafford; as seen in this classic interview below.
It's a chat that starts with Ronaldo adjusting Rooney's fringe for the cameras and well, things only gets better from there.
The pair talk about their blossoming relationship on the pitch, as well as trivial questions off it. Rooney then asks his teammate who United's best player was around that time - and of course the ever-confident Ronaldo fancies himself.
"Who is the best player at the club?" Rooney laughs. "He wants to say himself..."
They soon speak about which player at United has the best music taste, as well as the club's best trainer and biggest joker.
It's just an all-round great interview that showcases a different, more personal side to their relationship.
Wayne Rooney has officially retired from football.- TeamCRonaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) January 15, 2021
Only Cristiano is left from that great team. pic.twitter.com/489voxa1yq
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