Liverpool Legend: Rooney Is Better Than Messi

By on September 18, 2011

Robbie Fowler believes Wayne Rooney is currently the best player in the world. The Liverpool legend admits that Rooney’s current form puts him ahead of Barcelona’s brilliant Lionel Messi.

“Wayne Rooney is the best player out there at this moment in time,” Fowler told the Sunday Mirror.

He went on: “I know Lionel Messi has been untouchable over the last two or three years, but on current form I don’t think there is anyone out there who is such a complete player as Rooney.

“Wayne has redefined the role of a centre-forward. Not only is he scoring goals at a phenomenal rate, he is also dropping deep to dictate games from start to finish.

“Messi isn’t that kind of player. He drifts in and out of matches. He wins matches with bursts of individual brilliance.

“Rooney is always in the game. Everything that Manchester United do goes through him. United have had players in the past who you think to yourself ‘how are they ever going to replace him?’

“I’m talking about players like Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo. But looking at what Rooney now does for their team, I’d say he is ­absolutely irreplaceable.

“I think Sir Alex Ferguson knows that as well. That’s why he worked so hard to keep him at Old Trafford last year when it looked as though Wayne was going to leave.

“I know it’s a strange thing to say, given the number of goals that Wayne has already scored for United and England this season, but I wouldn’t say he is the most natural finisher.

“He has worked hard to improve that part of his game and has got better at it, but it’s his all-round game that puts him in a class of his own at the moment.”

Rooney has scored eight goals in his first four Manchester United games this season and will be hoping to continue his goal-scoring form against Chelsea this afternoon.

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31 Comments

  1. Dude

    September 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I think Robbie’s been drinking something!!!

    Nobody is in Messi’s class. Especially Rooney. A couple of hat-tricks doesn’t make you the best player in the world otherwise Maxi would have been the best last April!!!

    Messi has been doing it constantly for at least 5 years. Rooney has been pretty average in the last 18months and is only now finding form. Won’t last.

    • Ramon

      September 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Couldn’t have said it better myself, a complete joke compering Messi to the ultra-hype Rooney. The English cannot help themselves but to aways try and make a mediocre player into a super star, I guess losing the empire is hard to bare.

  2. Ramon

    September 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    The biggest rubbish I’ve ever heard, and coming out of Robbie Fowler’s mouth makes it a complete joke.

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  4. Michael

    September 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Shut the guy mouth shut up! Rooney not even 5% of Messi.

  5. Roberto

    September 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Messi = 3 CL wins
    Rooney = 1 very lucky CL win

  6. Chiddy

    September 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    And what about Walcot being one of the best?
    Spare me some jokes, Robbie!

  7. Festus

    September 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Hey friends don’t even go there becoz messi is far more better than rooney even if u ask rooney himself he will tell u that messi is the best.

  8. MHS

    September 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Definitely he is. Rooney is way better than Joe Cole, who is better that Messi. So Rooney is way better than Messi.

  9. dizo

    September 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    anyway i am not very sure that this comment came from fowler….so i ve to reserve my comment,if it was him then i ll know what to say.

  10. Chiddy

    September 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    and Lucas is far better than Xavi!

  11. linc

    September 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    All these so call liverpool legend and their rubbish assessment, no wonder K dalglish paid 35m for carol, 20m for henderson, total idiots. To make it worse maxi, kuyt, meireless, aquillani, joe cole are not as good as his so called reckless purchase in the likes of henderson according to this fool. For the moment liverpool management sucks, anyway liverpool is still the great club i used to know regardless of these fools. Ynwa

  12. Denise Williams

    September 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I think Fowler has been snorting to much Coke again. Rooney is not anywhere near as good as Messi. Even more ludicrous than Fergie talking of Rooney in the same breath as Pele. Let us have just a little common sense here please.

  13. Jonathan

    September 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    No he is right in a sense Rooney is a much more complete player then messi, as is ronaldo and maybe a few others. Messi is the most effective player but he is not the best player as he is not complete, can’t shoot from distance, head, beat people with speed, etc.

  14. Jonathan

    September 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Sorry by beat people with speed i meant skill. Also he can’t use his right foot, pass long, etc.

  15. Soolan

    September 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    U guys should just Shut-Up…….Fowler Said On A Current Form So get that in2your Tin Tinny Skulll

  16. Max

    September 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Rooney isn’t even better than Ronaldo, and this guy thinks he’s better than Messi. Lol.

  17. CHESIE

    September 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Don’t think messi can do that in the Premier League. Premier league is the strongest league. La Liga is a two horse race and plus messi is surround by world class players from goal keeper, midfield, strikers even there bench.

    • syaque

      September 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      Strongest league?are u kidding?then why non of the premier league team win CL for the past 3 years?

      • Dj

        September 19, 2011 at 5:31 am

        That is because the english game is much more strict than the spanish league..here the players have to pay 50% taxes compared to 10% n spain..if they buy a player for 50mill then they have to pay 25mill as tax..so the total cost goes upto 75mill..
        The epl has 7 teams capable of reaching the european knockout stages..
        Let messi and barca play against stoke city he will break his leg even before he manages to touch the ball..remember barca chelsea in 2009?? Its gonna be 10 times worst..also last year barca were allowed to rest all their players for 3 liga games before the finals wheras in england u have to play ur best 11 game in game out

      • UnitedForever

        September 19, 2011 at 9:28 am

        yes messi played well against arsenal and manutd in cl prev years. but that is once or twice in a year. in prem league u need to play the likes of stoke,bolton,sunderland,birmingam,fulham,chelsea week in week out who are physically tougher than manutd and arsenal. and i bet he will be sideline for atleast 1 or 2 month every season. becoz for messi skill he will invite players to make tackle. just like case of ronaldo. and i am not saying messi can’t do it in prem league. but i can only accept him as a world best if he does it. ronaldo did it and to me his is better player than messi becoz he has proven in both leagues…

      • nanzwas

        June 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

        the reason they dnt win champion league simple coz when of the stiff n tough league their r into but barca they can win tht coz of any easy league they r into so they always full of energy coz they dnt get compotition in their leageu compare to epl, thts y they want to break laliga into 16 teams instead of 20 teams so u see my friend

  18. bling

    September 19, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Messi look great because he is playing with the best group of players in the world right now,when he’s playing for Argentine he look like a average player.Rooney is the best player for club and country on is playing in the best league in the world la liga is weak.

  19. man utd

    September 19, 2011 at 6:55 am

    messi playing well only for barca not for argentina at all as compare to rooney who playing well for his club as well as for england so who is the best

  20. EFE

    September 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

    If you think Rooney is better than messi,then you are a moron. Messi plays in one of the best teams so does rooney but messi makes one of the best teams one of the greatest ever. Messi advanced to the quarter finals of the world cup,while Rooney was the worst big player at the world cup. Ronaldo scores tap ins and rarely makes a great pass,messi scores spectacles and assist every game.Not just any assist,superb n brilliant assist like the one in the milan game. Ronaldo does stupid step overs dat seldom work,messi dribbles past an entire team and scores. Ask vidic and ferdinand.English fans are deluded. If arsenal can cope in the league then barca will thrash every EPL team.

  21. Insomniac

    September 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

    What a joke. Rooney doesn’t even come close to Ronaldo, Xavi, Iniesta let alone Messi.

  22. Red Rupert

    September 19, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Whoops, wrong website. It’ll be high school before you know it kids.

  23. EFE

    September 19, 2011 at 10:36 am

    For those of you that think Ronaldo is a freekick expert,get this……Ronaldo attempted almost 90 freekicks last season,of those 90, half were blasted straight at the wall,about 20 were sent to the stands,a good number went straight to the keeper and most intriguing of all,he scored only six. Ronaldo attempts more shot than anyother player,twice shots attempted by messi but has the worst accuracy,gareth bale completed more dribbles than ronaldo in the champions league,angel di maria n iniesta are better dribblers. While ronaldo was fit for portugal they couldnt qualify for the world cup but without him they qualified. Messi was nominated for the MVP award at the world cup.rooney and ronaldo didnt come close

  24. EFE

    September 19, 2011 at 11:08 am

    On the myth that EPL is the strongest league…two seasons ago,Athletico Madrid beat Fulham and Liverpool to win the UEFA cup. Thats two seasons after Seville won the UEFA cup now Europa league back to back. Can anyone remember the last time an EPL team won the europa cup? In the last ten years four la liga teams namely Madrid,Barca,Deportivo, and Valencia have reached the final of the champions league, same with the EPL but spanish teams won it four times as opposed to two wins from the EPL. Valencia also won the UEFA CUP. Last season Barca beat MAN U and Arsenal. Arsenal did not have a single shot on goal in the second leg. Man U were thoroughly beaten for the second time by barca. Madrid thrashed Tottenham. For several years, the EPL had the same four representatives at the champions league. In the past decade four teams have won the league in spain but only three from the epl.

  25. EFE

    September 19, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Watching the hghlght of arsenal blackburn.is that the good defence epl has to offer? lmao.very funny

  26. ak2

    September 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

    i agree dat messi is better than rooney..but its becoz of his physical feature he has the advantage n i dont mean his height, its the nose n i will xplain why??..messi has ennormously big nostril dat he sucks most of da air in field n it becomes impossible for his opponent to breathe..dis is da reason he s da best player at da moment.

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