In an extract from his latest book My Decade in the Premier League, Wayne Rooney has dropped some great trash talk on former Manchester United midfielder and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo—stating that the midfielder is self and image obsessed.
The 26-year-old stated that whilst he and Ronaldo still remain great friends on and off the pitch, he has never met a player more obsessed with himself than the Portuguese international—something that won't come as that much of a shock to many football followers.
There's a mirror by Ronaldo's seat in the Old Trafford dressing room.
In the time I've been playing with Ronnie, the one thing I've noticed about him is that he can't walk past his reflection without admiring it—even if we're about to play a game of football.
Every match, before the team goes out for the warm-up, he runs through the same routine. The kit goes on, the boots go on. Not long after, Ronnie turns to his reflection and stares—psyching himself up for the game.
If there's a person with a bigger self-belief than Ronaldo, I haven't met him yet.
Funny, funny, funny.
Few football fans around the world will dispute the fact that the Real Madrid star does have an ego and what I'll politely call here self-enthusiasm—which, at times, isn't at all a bad thing. After all, a player without confidence isn't a great player to have around any dressing room or team.
Having said that, Ronaldo does have the ego reputation and the stigma of thinking of himself as a little greater than he perhaps is. Maybe that's why there was the famous face at the recent Ballon D'Or, where Ronaldo lost out to Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta for the coveted award.
Whatever you think of Ronaldo, Real Madrid and football in general, you have to agree on a couple of realities—the first of which being that he does love himself.
The Portuguese international is a very talented and highly skilled player and without doubt one of the greatest players in the history of football, but he does love the image. He loves the cameras and the lights and the media attention—all of which I'm sure most of us would love too if we were in the position that he finds himself in at the moment.
He does love the spotlight, but is he really the most self-obsessed player on the planet?
I think the jury might still be out on that one.
Is Ronaldo the most obsessed player? If not, who is?
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