Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney would be a “sensation” if he played for Real Madrid, former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo said.

“He would be brilliant if he came. This is the ideal place for the world’s best players and there’s little doubt he is one of them,” Ronaldo said in Saturday’s edition of The Sun. “Wayne would be a sensation out here.”

Madrid has failed to win any of its past three games, including a 4-0 loss to third-division club Alcorcon in the first leg of the fourth round of the Copa del Rey. Ronaldo, who left United for Madrid in the off-season, missed all three of those matches with an ankle injury.

Despite his desire to reunite with Rooney, however, Ronaldo isn’t expecting it to happen anytime soon.

“I realize it would take a lot for him to move from England,” Ronaldo said. “He loves the country, he loves Manchester and he is a Liverpool boy. And United is a good club for him. But you never know what could happen in the future.”

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