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Man Utd Legend: Why Ronaldo Became Better Than Rooney

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.

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