Former England striker Wayne Rooney revealed he kept the match ball from Manchester United’s Champions League final loss to Barcelona.
Rooney said he had to keep the ball after making Lionel Messi sign it after the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley Stadium in London.
Barcelona won the match 3-1 with Lionel Messi, Pedro and David Villa scoring for the Catalan giants while Rooney scored a consolation for the Red Devils.
But despite the heavy defeat in the final, Rooney said he took home the match ball after getting the autographs of Messi and Pedro and Villa on it.
“In the end, I grabbed the ball and looked for Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedro – Barcelona’s top scorers,” Rooney wrote in The Times.
“I got them to sign it and I still have the ball in my house.”
Revealing the reason for his recovery, Rooney added:
“Why would I do something like that? We lost final, and I got frustrated, but I also had this sense of being part of something special.
“It was a feeling that I had just been on the field with some of the greatest players who have ever played. Barcelona were incredible and Messi was the catalyst for it all.”
Meanwhile, Rooney asked Kylian Mbappe to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester United or Real Madrid.
Mbappe was the top scorer in the just-concluded FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Rooney believes this is the only way Mbappe can succeed Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the game.
Mbappe has already won the FIFA World Cup at the age of 18 and is considered the next star in world football.
UEFA Champions League: Why I ran after Messi to sign the ball for me – Rooney