‘Messi-Ronaldo era is over, it’s Holland’s time’

“If you want to see who’s going to win the Ballon d’Or, look at Holland. The performance he is doing this season is because of that. And why is he or not? The statistic of 224 goals in 264 matches shows the type of player whose standards have not fallen.”

“We have seen the era of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Now is his (Holland’s) time, the era of Holland and Kylian Mbappe. When talent like them is around, you have to enjoy their game – even with Holland wearing a City jersey.”

Rooney spent the golden period of his club career in the jersey of City’s arch-rivals United. Despite this, he is full of praise for Holland. So much so that Rooney corrected the ‘mistake’ written in the previous column.

“I was wrong about one thing though; As I said, the Dutchman is capable of scoring a goal per game in the Premier League and in fact he has scored 32 goals in 28 games. It’s rare to see someone so terrifying.”

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