Brazilian football legend, Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, better known as Pele has said that Argentina-born Barcelona striker, Lionel Messi and his Manchester United counterpart, Wayne Rooney have to perform at the highest international stages before they can be considered world class players.
He explained that being exceptional for one's club and one's country are completely different things as only the best can perform at both levels.
He however compared the two to retired French footballer, Zinedine Zidane who won the world cup for 15 years. He stated that Messi is exceptional at his Barcelona club but entirely different at home, he affirmed that Wayne Rooney isn't technical enough and hasn't scored as much as he did during his era.