- Sep 11, 2008
First, Ronaldo and Messi aren't at the same level. Messi is up there with the very best players ever, Ronaldo has a lot to do to reach that level, not sure he could ever do it. Second, there is a gulf in class between Ronaldo and Rooney. At his best Rooney touches Ronaldo's level... if Ronaldo isn't at his best. Rooney is a world class player. Ronaldo is on the way of becoming an all time great. Messi could be the best ever.When he is at the absolute top of his game I feel he is the only player who touches the level that Ronaldo/Messi are at.
The problem is that how often is this really? How often does he actually put in what someone would call a "World Class" performance? I would genuinely like to hear what games in the last couple of seasons people think he has played World Class, because I'd hazard a guess that you'd be looking at 10-15 games maximum.
He falls into the category of World Class because of his top, top level performances. The difference between him an another World Class striker (say Benzema) is you could take away his best 5 performances of the year and he'd still be seen as such, but Rooney's best 5 are on a different planet to the former's.