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Anthony Martial praises Cristiano Ronaldo, but chooses Wayne Rooney as the best he’s played with

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Anthony Martial praises ‘super modest’ Cristiano Ronaldo and admits watching his Man United teammate’s gym sessions in awe…

  • Manchester United forward Anthony Martial praises ‘humble’ Cristiano Ronaldo
  • The Frenchman says he looks in awe at the Portuguese striker in the gym
  • But Martial picks retired striker Wayne Rooney as the best he’s played with

Anthony Martial praised Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo for his hard work, but considers club top scorer Wayne Rooney the best he has played with.

The French forward was set to play a bigger role at Old Trafford this season after falling out of favor and being loaned out to Sevilla last season.

New manager Erik ten Hag played Martial against Liverpool in the team’s 2-1 win, in which he provided an assist, but injuries prevented him from playing again this season.

Anthony Martial (right) praised ‘super modest’ Cristiano Ronaldo (left) for his hard work

Speaking of his teammates, Martial was happy to praise Ronaldo as he watched him in awe at the gym.

He told France Football: “He is super humble and what a hard worker.

“We often talk when we’re at the gym in the morning before we go to practice and I’d see what he was doing. That’s only logical, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo!’

Martial has had a difficult start to the season as he suffered injuries that limited his playing time

Martial has had a difficult start to the season as he suffered injuries that limited his playing time

Despite the praise for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Martial says Wayne Rooney is the best player he’s played with.

He said: ‘We’ve talked about being sincere and so I can talk about Wayne Rooney.

“He’s the best player I’ve played with. He always plays for the team, always 100 percent, without fuss. A monster. And a model as a football player.’

Martial (right) chose Wayne Rooney (left) over Cristiano Ronaldo as the best he played with

Martial (right) chose Wayne Rooney (left) over Cristiano Ronaldo as the best he played with

Martial also opened up his struggles at Man United, suggesting he often played while injured at the request of former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He said: ‘The last two seasons I have played regularly injured. People don’t know about that. During the four months of the covid season, I was unable to accelerate. But Solskjaer told me he needed me, so I played. Given my game, if I can’t speed up, it gets very complicated.

“But the coach didn’t bother to tell the media and of course I got injured. I took it very badly. I had a sense of injustice.

“You’re asked to sacrifice yourself for the team — and then you’re fired. To me it is almost treason. That’s what I hate. I can be blamed – but not that I’m fake.’

Martial (right) played through injury after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) said he needed him

Martial (right) played through injury after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) said he needed him

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