Anthony Martial has praised both Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney and even called one of Manchester United’s legends the best player he’s ever played with.
The Frenchman joined Old Trafford in 2015 and played alongside then-captain Rooney for two years before the latter joined Everton, while he has shared a dressing room with Ronaldo since last summer.
Although Martial didn’t play alongside the duo in the prime of their careers, they both made a big impression.
The 26-year-old has been blown away by Ronaldo’s work ethic since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus and taking a few tips from one of the fittest players to ever play the game.
When asked about the Portuguese star, Martial told France Football: “He’s super humble – and what a hard worker!
“We would often talk in the gym in the morning before we went to work out and I would watch what he was doing. That’s only logical, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo!’
But the five-time Ballon d’Or winner – who was United’s top scorer last season – is not taking on the mantle of the best player Martial has played alongside.
The forward certainly has plenty of options to choose from having been part of a star-studded French team, but it’s Rooney – and his selflessness for the team in particular – that really sets Martial apart.
He continued, “We talked about being real and that’s why I can talk about Wayne Rooney. He’s the best player I’ve ever played with.
“He always plays for the team, always at 100%, with no fuss. A monster. And as a footballer, a model.”
However, Martial has been less complementary to two of his former United managers as the Frenchman criticized both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho in his interview with France Football.
However, he was a bit friendlier towards Louis van Gaal, saying: “I had a great relationship with Louis van Gaal in the first season. I love to learn and when a gentleman like him takes the time to watch videos of my matches in his office to explain things to me, that’s the best thing.
“Once I scored twice and he let the video watch to set me on fire. I told him I scored twice so what’s the problem? He wanted to talk to me about running angles and zones of motion. I told him I understood him and that he liked my whole character. It had nothing to do with Mourinho.”
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