Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has said his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is driven by personal glory rather than team success.
The pair played together at Old Trafford for many years and struck up a close friendship, which they still maintain today.
But five years after Ronaldo signed for the Santiago Bernabeu side, Rooney says the Portugal captain is more obsesses with his own personal records than what his club wins. Since his arrival in 2009, Ronaldo has played 246 games scoring 253 goals. He picked up the Ballon d’Or trophy in January, the second time he has won it in his career.
In terms of team success, Ronaldo has helped the club land two Copas del Rey, the league title, and the much coveted Champions League trophy after a 12 year wait.
Speaking to the Guardian newspaper, Rooney, who is representing England at the World Cup in Brazil, said: “I’m not a player who needs [to win] individual awards like Cristiano Ronaldo. He has to have that and you admire him for that. “
He went on to add: “I’m more about winning things as a team. You can see how he is. He wants his moments. It’s more important for me to win trophies as a team. I’ve won PFA Player of the Year, which is nowhere near as good as winning a trophy with Manchester United. I’ve not won anything this year, so hopefully I can do that now.”