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Sky Italia has billed this match as a battle of the world's best player (Messi) vs. the world's most complete player (Rooney). Do you agree?
Well, Messi is definitely the world’s best player, no contest there. But I do not think Rooney is the world’s most complete player. That title belongs to Messi as well; there’s pretty much nothing that the Argentine prodigy can’t do and no attacking/midfield position where he does not wreak havoc.
There’s nothing wrong with Rooney; he’s certainly one of the world’s best players. But Messi is on a whole different level; he’s a once in a generation player. Despite his very young age, with the dominance Messi has been showing over the past few years, the only thing worth questioning is who the second-best player in the world is.
Can Rooney be in that discussion? When on his best game, yes. Last season Rooney showed what a dominant goal scorer he can be and this season he showed how complete his game is. He’ll be the No. 1 danger for Barcelona’s defense in Saturday’s final.
I do agree. Undoubtedly Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, capable of beating defenders left, right and centre, with such mesmerising ball control, stellar footwork and brilliant technique. Plus, his finishing ability inside the penalty area really is unparalleled.
As for Wayne Rooney, he is definitely the most complete player. Capable of being in the right place to score tap-ins whilst in the same game rifling home screamers from 25 yards, Rooney is great as a striker, but he's much more than that. His movement when he drops deep cleverly pulls defenders out of position, whilst his long-range passing is becoming more and more like that of Paul Scholes.
And of course, such is the energetic player he is, he's always able to make his presence felt when defending too. Without a doubt Wayne Rooney is the most complete player in the world.