Ronaldo has defended Wayne Rooney over criticism of his World Cup displays and backed his former Manchester United team-mate to improve.

Rooney has been well below his best in England’s disappointing draws with the USA and Algeria.

But Ronaldo said: “Wayne Rooney tried very hard, but he didn’t play alone.

“When it’s not coming, when you don’t score a goal or play well, it is always the big players’ fault. But Wayne is a great player and will do a good job.”

Portugal star Ronaldo played with Rooney at United for five seasons, winning three league titles and the Champions League before leaving to join Real Madrid in 2009. [Source]

Good to see Ronaldo helping his old pal, but he has his own problem to be concerned of. His form hasn’t been impressive, and Portugal need him to step up to advance further in the World Cup.

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