Former Old Trafford hero is full of praise for goalscorer supreme.
David Beckham hailed Wayne Rooney as one of the best players in the world after he fired Manchester United into the Champions League quarter-finals.
The England striker scored twice, as he did in the first leg, as United beat AC Milan 4-0 to seal a 7-2 aggregate win.
Milan midfielder Beckham said: “Wayne is such an exceptional talent.
“Without a doubt he is one of the best players, if not the best, in the world at the moment with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.”
Rooney was again in irresistible form as United romped past Milan on an emotional night at Old Trafford.
Despite carrying a 3-2 lead into the tie from the first leg at the San Siro, United were grateful for an early Rooney header to settle their nerves and when the frontman bagged his 30th club goal of the season just after the break, the hosts went on to win comfortably against the Italian giants.
ROONEY’S UNITED GOAL RECORD
09-10: 30 (so far this season)
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged the 24-year-old to see if he can surpass the 42 goals Ronaldo bagged in a sensational 2007-08 season.
“That has to be his goal now doesn’t it?” said the Scot. “He continued tonight what he has done all season – he was absolutely sensational. (BBC Sport)
Wayne Rooney is on a roll. David Beckham is right to put the Manchester United man in the same group as Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and in fact perhaps he deserves to be ahead of those two at this moment in time based on current form.
Many have over the years made the following complaints about the former Everton man. They have said that he has temperament issues, that he is a confidence player who needs to be mentally in the right zone to make an impact and most frequently he has been slated for not being prolific enough. Well I think it is fair to say that the 24 year old has overcome all those issues now.
There was a time when Rooney would lose the ball or get tackled and you could just see the mist descend on the England man and you could count down the seconds before he got booked, or worse, for making a rash challenge to win the ball back. This season Rooney has found the back of the net with alarming ease and even on days when he hasn’t been at his best or has drifted in and out of the action, he has still popped up to apply the finishing touches on a move.