Everton Striker, Wayne Rooney, has revealed the sacrifices he made at Manchester United while Portuguese star Ronaldo was at the club.
The Everton striker was a pundit on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football and he discussed the aspects of his game that he changed to accommodate the Real Madrid forward.
The twosome played five seasons together at Old Trafford, winning three Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy.
Rooney discussed sacrificing part of his attacking role to defend, so the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would not have to.
On Sky Sports, Rooney said: “If you’ve got Cristiano Ronaldo in your team, you don’t take away from him what he’s best – and that’s being fresh and being ready when win the ball getting to score you a goal.
“If you’re asking Cristiano Ronaldo to chase full-backs and run back in you’re taking a lot away from his game.
“It probably does [take a lot from Rooney’s game], but at the time he was the more dangerous player and he’s the one who’s going to produce that magic which is going to win us games.
“As a I said before we’re a team you didn’t mind doing that. He added that Carlos Tevez also had to contibute defensively to accomodate Ronaldo. “We had a good compromise because me and Tevez would do a lot more work defensively than Cristiano.
“But with Cristiano, you knew he would win us those big games with the big moments. With any other player, you probably wouldn’t but with Cristiano, he was that good you had to accommodate him. “I would gladly do that for him to score big goals and help us win trophies.”