Rooney has better numbers game than Ronaldo
Published 26/01/2010 | 10:53
Stats can never do justice to Wayne Rooney's brilliance because he's the ultimate team player, sometimes too selfless.
He tracks back and tackles, creates and scores. He's even kept goal at the end of England training, just messing about and saved a good few shots.
But here are some cheeky little numbers to stir into the Rooney v Cristiano Ronaldo debate.
Rooney's spree against Hull City took him to 84 Premier League goals for Manchester United, equalling Ronaldo's United total but achieved far more quickly (179 appearances to the Portuguese's 196) and mainly without the boost of penalties and free-kicks.
And here's a treat for lovers of sporting stats and symmetry: a goal for Rooney against Arsenal on Sunday will bring up his Premier League century. This includes his 15 with Everton, the first of which came against Arsenal. And one more amazing figure: 24, his age.
Rooney's best years are yet to come. Injuries permitting.