Wayne Rooney Says Ronaldo Could Play Until He’s 40

Wayne Rooney with D.C. United in 2018
Wayne Rooney with D.C. United in 2018. Photo by Tony Quinn/ISI/REX/Shutterstock

Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says that his ex-teammate Christiano Ronaldo is capable of playing until he is 40. The retired England international says that Ronaldo has changed his game to suit his physical needs. Since playing at Manchester United between 2003-2009, Rooney thinks that “his game has adapted dramatically”.

“The last time he played here, he was more of a runner, a great dribbler, with pace and power. Whereas now, he’s a goalscorer. I think his game has adapted dramatically.”

“His ability is obviously one thing, but then he’s also looked after himself massively… he’s still in great condition. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s playing until he’s 40, like Ryan Giggs did, and still scoring goals. His teammates will have to work a little harder. But if it’s anything like last time, towards the last two years of playing with him, the team allowed him to do that because he scores you goals, and goals win you games.”

The 36-year-old Portuguese Ronaldo has rejoined the club from Juventus on a two-year contract. The whole world is watching to see if his start will be as electric as expected.