Sir Bobby Charlton says Wayne Rooney is “a true great for club and country” after the striker broke his Manchester United all-time goal-scoring record.
“I would be lying to say that I’m not disappointed to have lost the record,” Charlton, 79, told the United website after Wayne Rooney’s stoppage time free kick earned United a draw at Stoke – breaking Charltons record.
“However, I can honestly say that I’m delighted for Wayne. He deserves his place in the history books”
He continued: “He is a true great for club and country, and it is fitting that he is now the highest goalscorer for both United and England.
“It has been great to watch him every week since his arrival at Old Trafford in 2004; he set the tone with a wonderful hat-trick on his debut and he has thrilled us all in the years since, going on to enjoy a hugely successful career.
“I was 35 when I retired. Wayne is only 31 and still going strong, so I don’t think he’s done by a long stretch yet. He continues to show that he can contribute goals, assists and performances whenever called upon. He will raise the bar even further before he calls it a day.
“Now he’s the man to beat, and I can’t see anybody doing that for a long, long time.”
Sir Alex Ferguson also had a message for the man he brought to Manchester United, he told ManUtd.com: “I would like to say huge congratulations to Wayne on reaching this milestone.
“Wayne thoroughly deserves his place in the history books of this great club and I am sure that he will go on to score many more goals.”
Current United boss Jose Mourinho said: “It is the record of the biggest club in England and one of the biggest in the world.
“Before him the record belonged to a legend of English football. Now Wayne becomes a legend of Manchester United.”
Stoke boss Mark Hughes, who had two spells as a striker with United said: “It is an outstanding record and won’t be surpassed. It has taken 40-odd years for Sir Bobby’s record to be broken which shows how high a mark it was.”
Rooney himself said, he was incredibly proud.
“I am very proud,”
“It is not something I expected when I joined. I am proud and I hope there is more to come.
“The players who have played for this club have been world class. I am proud.”
Congratulations, Wayne Rooney.