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Man Utd Legend: Why Ronaldo Became Better Than Rooney

Manchester United Legend: Why Cristiano Ronaldo Became Better Than Wayne Rooney

By Keegan Kruger - Oct 05, 2017 04:17 PM @KeeganKruger

A Manchester United legend has explained why he thinks Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo went on to become better than England's all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney.

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In an exclusive interview with FourFourTwo magazine, former Netherlands international Edwin van der Sar revealed why he thinks the Portuguese superstar has gone on to have a more significant career than his former teammate.

"They both worked incredibly hard on the pitch, but Cristiano took it up a level," he said.

"Off the field, Ronaldo was also focusing on everything extensively, such as resting up properly and strengthening his body.

"After training sessions, he would often work on his free-kicks and then come to me and say: 'Edwin, can you go in goal?'

"I'd say I was old so he would be better off using one of the youth team keepers, but he would insist I went in goal as he wanted to score past me.

"I would tease him a lot and say things like: 'You won't score against me, Ronnie, you know it. Ask the reserve goalie, that's better for your confidence.'

"He'd get agitated and reply: 'No, no. You've got to go in goal!'"

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Van der Sar went on to win four Premier League titles with the Red Devils, as well as the Champions League trophy in 2008.

Are you surprised that Rooney has struggled as much as he has in the latter part of his career? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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musah005 Joined: 05 Mar 2017
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musah005 Oct 05, 2017 08:07 PM
Well said by one of the greatwst goalkeepers ever in Edwin
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N̤j̤a̤b̤s̤ Joined: 02 Oct 2017
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N̤j̤a̤b̤s̤ Oct 05, 2017 07:51 PM
The king himself
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RealManUchiefz Oct 05, 2017 07:42 PM
Ja eish WR10 if he was hungry enough he would hv archieved atleast 1 or 2 ballon dor the guy is great jst his not a hard worker and dedicated like Cr7 i honestly think so
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jinks Oct 05, 2017 05:20 PM
The REAL king himself king Cr7.hard work pays.
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Michaeltshigama Oct 05, 2017 04:44 PM
No wonder he achieved so much
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Michaeltshigama Oct 05, 2017 04:43 PM
CR7 is the king of Soccer

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