A winning team isn’t only about expert coaches, great supporters, and big stars… it is a side which is strengthened by the spirit of unity. It is in united sides that players are able to profit from another’s help to progress on the pitch; however, in such clubs, players tend to expand their bond outside the pitch…
This was just the case for Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. Both players could be regarded as the best of friends; and in reality, it is the compassion they feel for each other which has kept their bond that strong.
Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo: the unbreakable link
Several times in the past, Rooney’s friendship with Ronaldo was put to the test, but fortunately, nothing was able to cause separation. The 2006 World Cup in Germany presented a great incident, while England was playing against Portugal in the quarterfinals of the competition. The English striker Wazza was sent off in extra time, and this decision from the referee was highly supported by Ronaldo, who contributed to his club mate’s displeasure.
At that moment, everyone thought that it was going to be the end of Rooney and Ronaldo’s camaraderie; nevertheless, it wasn’t the case. The United No. 10 forward immediately came out to clear the Portuguese winger’s name, taking a part of the blame on himself.
Surely, this was a sign of the great affection Wayne had for Cristiano, and even though the famous No. 7 player kept receiving critics from the public, Rooney made sure that things didn’t become worst.
Obviously, not only must we take fondness as the only quality in their friendship, but also must we acknowledge the respect that plays a great role.[...]
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