Prior to Wednesday’s game against Toronto FC, DC United star Wayne Rooney sat down with TSN Soccer analyst Kristian Jack to discuss if he sees himself among the world’s greatest players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, whether his bicycle kick goal against Manchester City is his favourite and more.
Here is a taste of what stood out:
His thoughts when analysts or other players place him among the “greats”
“Great players, barring (Lionel) Messi and (Cristiano) Ronaldo, become great when they finish playing. A lot of the players in the past, they finish playing and then people truly realize how good they were or how great they were. Messi and Ronaldo are probably the only two that you can say.”
On whether his overhead kick goal against Manchester City is his favourite goal of all-time.
“It obviously was a nice goal and to win the Derby, we were fighting with Man City to win the title that year. It was the 78th minute I scored, so it was late on to go 2-1 up and just the meaning of the goal and how it went in. Probably, technically the hardest goal I scored was the Newcastle volley, but I think looking back the Man City one is my favourite.”
On what he’s looking forward to the most in his post playing career.
“Management. My whole life I’ve been involved in football, it’s what I love and it’s what I know, so it would be a shame not to go into management and try it out and hopefully be successful. I’ve seen so many players that I’ve played with that have so much knowledge of the game and it’s a shame to not see them give it a go and see what happens. That’s what I want to do and obviously I’m working on my badges, so hopefully when I’m finished playing I’ll get a chance somewhere and take it.”