Arlington (Texas): Argentine football icon Lionel Messi has heaped praise on England striker Wayne Rooney, describing him as a "once in a generation player" and a unique talent after the Manchester United star became the country's leading scorer.
Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi
The United and England captain moved to 50 goals for his country in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Switzerland in their European Championship qualifier at Wembley, overtaking the legendary Bobby Charlton.
"Wayne Rooney is for me a once in a generation player. One of those special players, who is not comparable to any other," Messi was quoted as saying by the Mirror on Wednesday.
"There are many special players, but Rooney has exceptional quality and technical ability as well as being one of the strongest players I have faced with an exceptional work rate — there is nobody like him," the Barcelona captain added.