Ronaldo took credit for Rooney work – Ibrahimovic

Ronaldo took credit for Rooney work – Ibrahimovic


PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Real Madrid man Cristiano Ronaldo took all the credit for Wayne Rooney’s hard work at Manchester United when he still played for the Red Devils.

Rooney and Ronaldo formed a devastating partnership at Old Trafford before the Portuguese left the Premier League for La Liga in 2009.

The 2006-07 season was on in which the pair really started to set the world alight with their understanding on the field. That season, United lifted the Premier League title and were losing finalists in the FA Cup. They also made it to the semi-final of the Champions League.

And speaking to the BBC, Ibrahimovic praised Englishman Rooney, who this month became his country’s all-time leading goalscorer. He added that the United captain deserves more credit than he gets for the time he played alongside Ronaldo.

“These great players, they have their moments over one to three years. But to continue over five years, for 10 years the way Wayne Rooney has done is not easy. It’s pressure everyday playing for a big team. He runs a lot, he fights a lot, he sacrifices a lot.”

He added: “When he played with Cristiano Ronaldo all the work was done by Rooney, but he didn’t get the credit because Ronaldo was scoring all of the goals. I’d prefer to have him in my team than play against him. I’ve not been lucky enough to play with him but I enjoy seeing him on the pitch – if I cannot play with him, I will watch him.”