Wayne Rooney is desperate to see Lionel Messi grace the Premier League, claiming he is the only player to have ever left him awestruck.
The Barcelona legend had handed in a transfer request, and he has been linked with a move to a number of top clubs. We’ve ranked his possible landing spots.
And United legend Rooney insists Messi has plenty left in the tank to make a big impression should he come to England.
“I know he’s getting older but he’s a player who no one has seen before,” he told talkSPORT.
“Messi has everything – he can create goals, score goals, dictate the game and is the best player of all time.
“He’s one of the only players I’ve sat there and watched and been in awe.”
Considering Rooney played with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United for six years that is some statement.
“Him and Cristiano Ronaldo have set a standard which I don’t think we will ever see again but, for me, Messi is just different level.”
Rooney also believes Messi should not be looking at MLS or the Chinese Super League for his next club.
“The United States shouldn’t be in his mind because he’s too good,” he added.
“He could come to the Premier League and be a Player of the Year. One million per cent.
“If he surrounds himself with Bruno Fernandes or Kevin De Bruyne he could win a seventh Ballon d’Or, which would be incredible.”