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Hold On, United Fans. Wayne Rooney Isn't The Next Pele.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 16:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on May 16, 2009 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJuly 7, 2009

Wayne Rooney is the face of Manchester United, one of the greatest club football teams of all time. But Rooney isn't the best for United of all time, isn't the best for team England right now (I'd have to say Beckham is still the best play for England right now), and Rooney certainly isn't the best in the world right now (Lionel Messi is).

I'm a United fan. I love Wayne Rooney. I think he's one of the best players in the Barclays Premier League today. Without Rooney, Manchester United wouldn't be where it's at internationally today. I live in America, and I see little kids running around with Ronaldo and Carrick and Rooney and Tevez shirts, as Manchester United, along with Barcelona, AC Milan and Juventus, are all really helping football/soccer become a big sport here in the States.

But Pele is the best of ALL TIME.

In Wayne Rooney's first seven years with Everton and Manchester United, Rooney has 114 goals in 315 appearances. In Pele's first seven years with Santos in Brazil, Pele had 313 goals in 403 appearances, including two 100-goal season.

Wayne Rooney is amazing. In time, Rooney could be considered one of the greatest for Manchester United.

But enough of what I think. Please write your opinion in the comments section.

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