Wayne Rooney has revealed in his latest autobiography that his former Manchester United team-mate and current Real Madrid maestro Cristiano Ronaldo loved the sight of his own reflection.
The 26-year-old striker stated: “In the time I’ve been playing with Ronnie, the one thing I’ve noticed about him is that he can’t walk past his reflection without admiring it, even if we’re about to play a game of football.
“Every match, before the team goes out for the warm-up, he runs through the same routine. The kit goes on, the boots go on. Not long after, Ronnie turns to his reflection and stares, psyching himself up for the game.”
While it may not have distracted him to the extent that he missed out on Sir Alex Ferguson’s team talks, thankfully, Rooney has never had quite the same problem.
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Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano feels that Pele was a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Argentine had plenty of kind words for the Madrid star and the Barcelona attacker, but still feels that the former Brazil international was a class apart.
“The best player ever? Pele. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are both great players with specific qualities, but Pele was better,” Di Stefano was quoted as saying by El Colombiano.
“Messi is the more technical player of the two. He’s better inside the area, the way he handles the ball and dribbles. You can see that he enjoys himself playing.
“Cristiano has a better body and is physically very strong. He has pace, speed and [is] a player with courage. Plus he can finish with both legs.”
The 86-year-old Di Stefano made over 300 appearances for Madrid between 1953 and 1964, winning five European Cups in the process.
Zinedine Zidane has voiced his opinion that it’s only a matter of time before Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema finds his best form once more.
The France international has been struggling to hit the net in the opening weeks of the 2012-13 campaign, but his compatriot remains confident that the striker will soon play a key role again for club and country.
“Benzema still has to hit top form and be on top of his game again, but the entire world knows that he is a great player,” Zidane stated at a press conference.
“I just know that it won’t be long before he fulfils his full potential at last, both for Real Madrid and for France.”
The former midfielder then looked back at France’s 1-0 World Cup qualification win over Finland, and stressed that the result is all that mattered.
“It was a good game for France in my opinion simply because they bagged the full three points. The coach needs a bit of time to find the best solutions for everything.”
France resume match action on Tuesday when they take on Belarus.
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