New Delhi: Going against his former team-mate, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has labeled Barcelona star Lionel Messi as the best player ever, above former Red Devils star Cristiano Ronaldo. The England striker feels Ronaldo has been unlucky to be playing in the era of Messi.
When asked to choose between Ronaldo and Messi – the two best players on planet, Rooney along with fellow Manchester United players Tom Cleverly and Jonny Evans were split over a decision.
Rooney said in a Google hangout with DHL: "They're two different players. But I think Messi's incredible. I think he's the best ever, so I'd have to say Messi.
"But Ronaldo has been a bit unlucky because, in any other time, he'd be winning all the awards Messi has. But they're two of the best players of all-time."
Since moving to Spain, Ronaldo has scored an incredible 183 goals in 181 games for Real Madrid, whilst Messi has scored 301 goals in 366 games for Barcelona, an equally impressive feat.
Cleverley stated: "I never played with Ronaldo. They're two different players, but at the minute I'd probably take Ronaldo."
Evans, meanwhile, also gave his vote to Ronaldo: "It's hard to compare them because we haven't had the chance to see Messi up close every day, but we've had that with Ronaldo.
"I was in the first-team for one season when Ronaldo was here and you sort of take it for granted, the quality he had, but I really don't think I could choose between them.
"But just for the fact I've seen Ronaldo day-in, day-out, and the dedication he has, I'd probably have to say Ronaldo," Jonny Evans said.
(With inputs from Goal.com)