Wayne Rooney Has Named The Best Footballer He's Ever Played With, And It's Not Who You'd Think

Well, not unless you're really good at guessing

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In his 13 years at Manchester United, Wayne Rooney played with some of the greatest players in football history.

Eric Djemba-Djemba, Kleberson. Mikaël Silvestre. The list is endless ­– but who does the Everton striker believe to be the best he's ever shared a team-sheet with?

Well, look directly below this sentence, because he's got an answer for you.

"Scholesy is the best I've played with," Rooney told talkSPORT recently.

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"He was the one player who had that game-management, and the mind which would have allowed him to go and play anywhere. He could put his boots on now and still play, I'm sure. He was that good. If (England) we'd used him a bit more in his right position he could have certainly influenced a lot more games."

He's not the only player to lay praise upon the ginger midfielder. Former Barcelona stalwart Xavi once named Scholes as the best player he's ever played against, and a "role model."

He said in 2011: "For me, and I really mean this, he's the best central midfielder I've seen in the last 15, 20 years. I've spoken to Xabi Alonso about him. He's spectacular, he has it all - the last pass, goals, he's strong, he doesn't lose the ball, vision. If he'd been Spanish he might have been rated more highly. Players love him."

Zidane too had similar words for Scholes, and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has labelled the former England midfielder as his favourite of all-time.

As for Paul Scholes' opinion of Paul Scholes? He was once quoted as saying: "When it's over I just want to be able to look in the mirror and say, 'Well, you were a half-decent player."

We think he just about managed that.