Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has snubbed the current European Player of the year, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, by not naming him in his top three players in the world. The Portuguese international instead choose his Bernabeu teammate Kaka, his ex Manchester Unite teammate Wayne Rooney, and his former Premier League rival Chelsea FC’s Didier Drogba as the top three players in the world.
The Manchester United legend named his former Old Trafford colleague, Wayne Rooney, ahead of the diminutive Barcelona forward, while also praising Chelsea FC talisman Didier Drogba. Rooney recently scored his 27th goal of a prolific campaign, while Didier Drogba scored both goals against Wolves recently to take his tally to 19 league goals. Ronaldo also named the former World and European player of the year Kaka, his current Real Madrid teammate ahead of Messi.
Ronaldo left Manchester United in the summer, when Sir Alex Ferguson reluctantly accepted an £80 million bid from Real Madrid. Since departing Old Trafford, the 24-year-old has regularly praised his former club, teammates and manager, so Rooney’s inclusion is not altogether surprising. Indeed Drogba’s form for Chelsea FC this season has also seen him emerge as Rooney’s main contender for the PFA player of the year award.
When asked who he thought were the top players in world football currently, the Manchester United legend told Corriere dello Sport: “"Kaka, Rooney and Drogba are the best players in the world."
Author: Ben Moss