Manchester United star says Ronaldo has 'overtaken' Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo

Wayne Rooney is in no doubt. Cristiano Ronaldo is now the best footballer in the world.

It has arguably been the biggest debate of the last decade in football, who is the best in the world - Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

For years Messi seemed to always get the accolade ahead of his Portuguese rival but over the past 12 months or so there has certainly been a shift in that dynamic. It would now take a very brave person to say that Ronaldo is not currently the best player in the world.

His record speaks for itself.

He has 23 goals in 17 games this season, following on from scoring 56 in 49 last term.

And his former team-mate Wayne Rooney is on no doubt that he is currently the world's best. Rooney has been speaking to Manchester United's official website about the topic. Despite a relationship which at times seemed strained between the former United team-mates they have actually maintained a good friendship since Ronaldo left the club - thanks in part to their similar commercial obligations.

And Rooney says Ronaldo has overtaken Messi as the best in the world:

"I think so. He’s had an incredible two or three years and I think he has certainly overtaken Lionel Messi now as the best player in the world. I’m sure it’ll be difficult to give it to anyone else."

So it would appear that Rooney is backing his old United pal for the Ballon d'Or this time around.

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