Ahead of last week’s Champions League clash between Benfica and Manchester United, Benfica coach Jorge Jesus called Man U striker Wayne Rooney the “best British player so far.”
Jesus then added, “but he doesn’t look like a British player but an Argentinian or Brazilian.”
Pressed for a response by The Sun, Alex Ferguson, Rooney’s coach at Man U, agreed—to an extent:
“If you look at Pelé, for instance, he was a very aggressive attacker also who could look after himself, so can Rooney. They have similarities that way—strength, speed, determination, but he’s white, completely white.”
Thanks for the clarification, Alex, but we’re pretty sure the Benfica manager was referring to Rooney’s style of play, not his physical appearance.