Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison has named former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney as “the best Premier League player ever”.
Maddison, who also admits growing up as a Man United fan, was speaking for the eponymous documentary on the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer ‘ Rooney ‘.
United have in the past been linked with the 25-year-old, and his admiration for the current Derby County manager as a player remains clear.
Despite their careers overlapping to a degree, Maddison never shared a pitch with the England national team record goalscorer as the attacker’s jump to the Premier League with City came eight days before Rooney joined Major League Soccer side D.C. United in the summer of 2018.
That’s not to say he never encountered a Rooney in football, though, as Adam Rooney – no relation – was a teammate of Maddison’s during a loan spell north of the border at Aberdeen in 2016.
But back to the documentary, which was released on Friday, and Maddison reveals that a founding footballing memory featured Rooney scoring one of what would become 53 goals in an England shirt.
“He’s one of my favourites, one of my favourites being a United fan. One of my first memories of football is a Wayne Rooney goal in Euro 2004 when he scored two against Croatia as an 18-year-old,” he said [via the Manchester Evening News ].
“But, I remember my Dad picking me up and running round the table. I was only young. Wayne Rooney, I think, is the best Premier League player ever, for me.”