I’m afraid to break it you but Wayne Rooney is just not that good. I think talk of him winning the FIFA World Player of the Year award is ridiculous.
The fact is it is a World Cup year and The English Fans are being blinded by superlatives being thrown at Rooney by the English press. He is simply being bigged up in to something he clearly is not.
When he first burst on to the scene people claimed he was the next Gazza, but soon they realized he just not that creative and those comparisons were quickly dropped. To be frank his first touch is poor. You may think I'm being harsh but the next time you watch him play count how many times in the game he 'world classily' brings the ball. It will be about once out of ten.
To be World Player of the Year is some accolade. One I don’t think he deserves. He wouldn’t' even make my top 5. My top 5 would look like this:
1. Lionel Messi
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
4. Xavi Hernandez
5. Anders Iniesta
All of those 5 are more creative, have a better touch and control and ooze class which Rooney lacks.
Yet people argue Rooney is the 'best'. But if we compare career stats between Rooney and Messi there is a clear, clear winner.
Messi v Rooney
22 AGE 24
198 GAMES 353
111 GOALS 146
1.78 GAMES TO GOALS RATIO 2.4
Messi-vely better than Rooney: Lionel is World's Best
Also who scored the goal that clinched lasts season Champions League Final between Manchester United and Barcelona? Messi.
Today people bang on about his new heading ability. This has only come about due to the fact that Alex Ferguson, who is no mug, has realised he is just is not that good. So Fergie's had to convert him in to a mini Alan Shearer to get the best out of his limited ability. And let’s face it Shearer was a top Premier League striker, but was never anywhere near winning World Player of the Year.
Ask Fegie who would he rather have in his team, Cristiano Ronaldo or Rooney? His answer would definitely be Ronaldo.
The fact Rooney is already 24 and this is the first season he has broken the 20 league goals barrier shows how average he is. I can’t even remember Rooney scoring outside the box this year.
There you have it, I hate to break it to you, but Wayne Rooney is simply not that good.
Disagree with me? If so why do you believe Rooney is a world beater? Who are your top five players in the world?