Wayne Rooney: Cristiano Ronaldo is driven by personal glory

Wayne Rooney: Cristiano Ronaldo is driven by personal glory


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.”


  1. You will always be jealous of Cristiano, just like you were when he was your teammate. We are all still trying to figure out what actually drives you Rooney, since you haven’t done anything for club or country. Stay frosty.

  2. I think rooney is silly to be stating that ronaldo is driven by personal awards and not team success. To a point of correction, every player have shown to be a competitor and that is who ronaldo is, there’s no difference between ronaldo and messi and every great player that ever played the game of football, ronaldo won awards with man u and Madrid so why must rooney say such a thing. I think He’s just trying to make excuses for his own failure cause they both were seen to be great and he rooney failed to live up to that expectation.

  3. Rooney is very stupid for making such comment,why can’t rooney play football and don’t collect wages since he thinks about the team only. Players like Ronaldo and messi will never be forgotten cos of what they’ve done to soccer but players like rooney r just to complete the players on the field. Ronlado thinks about himsef only and he lead madrid to 10th champion’s league and set a goal record to go for many years. Rooney has not won anything for many years. Rooney is happy he won England player of the year,what should suarez do then cos suarez is better than rooney now. He’s just jealous and he’s a loser and will never get close to ronaldo in life

  4. i wish i can see rooney then i will tell him more words cos he’s a beefer.Why does man united still want Ronaldo cos Rooney is not capable and he’s not as good as ronaldo….Ronaldo best in the world.2015 world best loading…………

  5. Very funny and ludicrous statement indeed
    Now rooney boy if ronaldo is drven by personal glory and has become this successful, why dont average player like you try it also and see how easy it is
    You are simply a loser, you are jealous so grow up baby boy rooney!!