According to Messi, Rooney possesses an exceptional quality and technical prowess.
Messi was quoted as saying by The Mirror: “Wayne Rooney is for me a once in a generation player. One of those special players, who is not comparable to any other.
“There are many special players, but Rooney has exceptional quality and technical ability as well as being one of the strongest players I have faced with an exceptional work rate – there is nobody like him.
“Rooney is a winner. He will just be focused on success with England in the European Championship.
“I have always said the same is true of me and Argentina — breaking caps and goals records mean nothing unless they come with trophies.
“Like I say, Wayne is a winner. It will always be the team first and personal records second.”
The Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney moved to 50 goals for his country in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Switzerland, overtaking fellow United and England great Bobby Charlton from the penalty spot.
Shortly after the game, the England forward Rooney was given a resounding ovation in the dressing room after breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goal-scoring record.