The 32-year-old recently completed a move to Major League Soccer side DC United after spending just one season at Everton on return to the club in 2017.
After his move to the MLS this summer, the England international was said to have been asked by online podcast Barstool Sports and without hesitation, he picked the Argentine over the Portuguese star.
Wayne Rooney doesn’t hesitate to once again declare Messi as the best and greatest ever. Yet another of Ronaldo’s ex teammates to declare Messi as the GOAT. pic.twitter.com/f80snnSSoA
— Nãif 🎗 (@NaifFCB_) July 16, 2018
His spontaneous response according to Dailymail came as a shock to those in the studio, with replies of ‘oh, that was quick!’.
Both Rooney and Ronaldo were a a formidable attacking option during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as United manager.
Playing with Rooney helped Ronaldo become one of the deadliest finishers in world football, hitting 118 goals in 292 games with a ratio of 0.4 strikes per match.
The news outlet further reported that the former England captain said no other player can come close to what Messi does with a football.
“They’re both probably the best two players to ever play the game, I just think Messi is, in my eyes, the greatest ever.“
In 2006. both Rooney and Ronaldo clashed in the quarterfinal stage of the FIFA World Cup in Germany – a game Portugal won 3-1 on penalties after playing goalless after extra time.
A stamp from Rooney saw Ronaldo urge the referee to send off his domestic team-mate and then the Portuguese star famously winked at his bench.
Wayne Rooney knows who is the best. pic.twitter.com/Ua5ZMtX8Vp
— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) July 16, 2018
The duo quashed any ill-feeling upon their return to Manchester United, and soon clicked to form one of the most successful Red Devils sides of Ferguson’s era.
Rooney and Ronaldo were instrumental in the 2007-08 season when United dominated and scooped an incredible Premier League and Champions League double.
The 32-year-old spent just one season at Everton after joining them in the summer of 2017 from United – scoring 10 goals in 31 appearances for his boyhood club.
Before returning to the Goodison Park – where he started his career, he spent 13 years at Old Trafford, where he scored 183 goals in 393 matches.
He has however been a long time target of the MLS club, who have been tracking him since he left the Red Devils last year.