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Wayne Rooney vs Andres Iniesta: Which legend is taking the p*** the most?

Iniesta is ending careers in Japan while Rooney has stamped his authority on MLS

Just the 14 league titles between Andres Iniesta and Wayne Rooney.

Adored by Barcelona and Man United fans respectively, the legendary pair have become the kings of global football virals.

Back in their Champions League final days

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Back in their Champions League final days

Not a day goes past without a ten second clip of either Rooney or Iniesta proving their class flooding our timeline.

The former has enjoyed a tremendous start to his MLS career with DC United.

While the latter, who is genuinely still one of the best midfielders in the world, has taken to scoring absolute worldies in the J-League with Vissel Kobe.

The question is, who is taking the p*** the most?

Still top five, realistically

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Still top five, realistically

Let’s start with the older of the two, Don Andres.

The Spain legend has scored two goals from his two starts in Japan so far.

But it’s the nature of the goals that have been most impressive.

His first was a Bergkamp-esque effort against Jubilo Iwata…

Outrageous.

He followed that up with a rasping strike from just outside the box against Sanfrecce Hiroshima…

Pick that out, obscure Japanese goalkeeper we don’t recognise!

Iniesta’s career goal record is not reflective of his overall quality and it’s generally accepted that he saved his goals for only the most important occasions.

Extra time in a World Cup final, for example.

However, he’s clearly decided that he’s been selfless enough for one lifetime and is now cashing in before retirement.

It’s also worth noting that both of his goals have been assisted by Lukas Podolski.

And in the American corner…

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And in the American corner…

Rooney’s retirement home is located on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.

The only man in Premier League history with 200 goals and 100 assist to his name has directly contributed to six goals in his first seven DC United appearances.

The 32-year-old bagged a brace against Portland Timbers in a 4-1 win to take his goal tally equal with his assist count at three.

In a trademark ‘rolling back the years’ moment, Rooney curled in a free-kick from 25 yards for his second of the game…

However, Rooney’s best moment came in the dying seconds of DC United’s dramatic clash with Orlando Pirates.

His heroic last-ditch tackle stopped a certain goal against his team, before a glorious diagonal assisted Luciano Acosta for a 96th-minute winner…

That’s how you turn zero points into three!

Who is taking the p*** the most? Hard to say at this stage.

And honestly, who cares?

Let’s just enjoy two greats reminding us of their devastating peaks.

More, we want more!


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