EPL Ronaldo is not the player he was at 23 – Rooney makes honest confession. Wayne Rooney, the manager of DC United, claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo, a former teammate from Manchester United, was not the same player he was at 22 or 23. After losing his spot in the starting XI under the new manager Erik ten Hag, Rooney has since pleaded with Ronaldo to exercise patience.
This season, the 37-year-old has only made one Premier League start, and Rooney believes it will be difficult for him to stay on the bench.
Although Messi and Cristiano are two of the best players to ever play the game, time eventually catches up with everyone.
He definitely isn’t the same player he was at 22 or 23, for example.
It’s difficult for him. Knowing him, he’ll find it quite challenging to take a seat on the bench. Again, it’s definitely him taking those chances and attempting to push his way back in, but I’m sure if he maintains patience, his moment will come,” Rooney told reporters.