This question pertains to the current 2010 FIFA World Cup performances of United legends Wayne Rooney and, in particular, Cristiano Ronaldo. For the past 4 years, people have wrongly labeled (IMO) Man Utd as a one man team. This is due to the outstanding performances of, the then, CR7 and, most recently, Rooney. It has been said a lot in the media by so-called football experts and rival fans that these players have “carried the team.” I wish to refute this perception. Football (Soccer) is a team sport. This isn’t golf or tennis. Your own performances depend on the performances of your teammates. To say that one man can “carry” a team of eleven men is absurd and disrespectful to the other members of the team. Also, I do not deny that high industry and effort from one player can influence and encourage the rest of the team to perform better. But I feel that people don’t really understand the game when they say such things. People should realize that these players owe their success to the system and tactics used by SAF. In terms of CR9, Sir Alex surrounded him with great players that would supply him the ball and in that way exploiting his great goal-scoring ability. Also consider the fact that Cristiano is not big on defending so to say that he carried our team is not only narrow-minded but also disrespectful and condescending to the likes of Scholes, Giggs, Fletcher, Evra, Rio, Vidic, Nani, etc. Sir Alex put Rooney in this role after Ronaldo was sold and its also the reason why the 09/10 season became Rooney’s highest scoring. Before that, everybody was saying how Wayne Rooney wasn’t a prolific striker but have since changed their tune. Now, look at both’s poor 2010 WC performances (CR is currently still in so he can improve). It’s because the tactics and squads aren’t suited to their needs like they are at United and people like to give them too much credit without realizing this. One of the reasons why Lionel Messi is so great is that, even though he is an outstanding player, he knows that he wouldn’t be the world’s best player without the support from players like Xavi and Iniesta. Rooney also acknowledges the support however CR9 does not. He is arrogant (and might I say effeminate lol) and self-centered and he let all the media attention go to his head. I honestly believe that he thinks Man U’s success of past 4 years was all because of him. Just search his quotes of when he left to Madrid. Well, until he starts respecting his teammates (Gonzalo Higuain in particular) he will never score 42 goals in another season and, more importantly, he will never achieve his dying wish of being better than Lionel Messi. What do you guys think?