Lionel Messi: Man United star Wayne Rooney ‘once in a generation player’

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi runs rule over England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney

Lionel Messi says England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is “a once in a generation” type player.

The 29-year-old striker became England’s record all-time goal-scorer on Tuesday night after the United star scored his 50th goal in a 2-0 victory over Switzerland at Wembley in their Euro 2016 qualifier.

Rooney is also closing in on Sir Bobby Charlton’s United record with 233 goals in 485 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils since his £31m move to Old Trafford from Everton in 2004.

And Barcelona legend Messi described the England international as one of the best opponents that the Argentina striker has faced during his illustrious professional career.

“Wayne Rooney is, for me, a once in a generation player. One of those special players, who is not comparable to any other,” Messi is quoted as saying by reporters.

“There are many special players, but Rooney has exceptional quality and technical ability as well as being one of the strongest players I have faced with an exceptional work rate – there is nobody like him.”

Rooney is still waiting to score his first Premier League goal of the season after he drew a blank in games against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Swansea City.

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The England skipper did score a 57-minute hat-trick in a 5-0 victory over Club Brugge in the second leg of their Champions League play-off last month.

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