Genius has generally bestowed upon a chose few whose deep flaws tend to undermine their gift down the years, yet Messi seems to buck that trend as he is always willing to offer praise to a rival with good grace.
So when the question of Rooney's rising stock is thrown his way, Messi offers an enthusiastic response that is bound to bring a smile to the rugged face of the England hero.
"Manchester United have a player who can now be considered as world class as Rooney has been fantastic this season," says the Argentina superstar. "He has become the striker who can do it all. He leads the line, he moves wide, comes deep, his heading ability seems to have improved so much and he is so strong when he plays with his back to goal. Rooney's energy is amazing also and I give him all the credit for becoming a world class player."
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