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Messi: Wayne Rooney a ‘Once in a Generation’ Talent

Wayne Rooney became England’s all-time leading scorer on Tuesday, netting his 50th international goal. The 12-yard penalty strike pushed Rooney past Sir Bobby Charlton’s record that had stood since 1970.

Rooney’s feat was lauded by many around the world, including Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

“Wayne Rooney is for me a once in a generation player. One of those special players, who is not comparable to any other,” Messi told The Mirror.

“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.”


Messi told The Mirror that Rooney is world class. Despite breaking the record, Rooney will be more focused on team success than personal accolades.

“Rooney is a winner. He will just be focused on success with England in the European Championship,” Messi said.

“I have always said the same is true of myself and Argentina — breaking caps and goals records mean nothing unless they come with trophies. Like I say, Wayne is a winner. It will always be the team first and personal records second.”

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