Rooney is not surprised at this arduous path of his former teammate. According to him, Ronaldo, who has changed his style of play over time, will be able to continue playing until he is 40 years old.
Ronaldo returned to United on a two-year contract from Juventus at the end of the summer transfer window. The contract may be extended for another year. Playing for the club from 2003 to 2009, Ronaldo became one of the best footballers of all time.
It's been 12 years since Ronaldo left United. The style of play of the Portuguese captain has also changed. Ronaldo, who caused panic in the opponent's box while at United, is now a goal scorer.
Although Ronaldo has changed his style of play with age, he is equally effective at clubs and national teams. A few days ago, Ali Dai of Iran was overtaken as the top scorer in boys' international football.
Rooney, who began his coaching career a year ago, is currently in charge of second division team Derby County. It seems that Ronaldo, who played at Old Trafford in the previous term, was very quick on the field; Now his role is that of a goal scorer.
"The last time he played for United, he was a runner, a great dribbler in terms of speed and strength. He's a goal scorer now. I think he's adapted dramatically to his game."
Many people think that at this age, Ronaldo can suffer in the highly competitive and physical game of the Premier League. However, Rooney, the top scorer in United history, believes he is now a "completely different player" than the former Real Madrid star who left the club 12 years ago.
"It simply came to our notice then. She is still in great condition. It won't surprise me if I see him playing and scoring like Ryan Giggs, 40. "
Ronaldo could make his second term at Manchester United on Saturday against Newcastle United.