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Ferguson: Rooney as good as Kaka, Ronaldo and Messi

MANCHESTER UNITED manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes striker Wayne Rooney has the ingredients to rival the biggest megastars in the world game.<br /><br />The 23-year-old is set to make his 50th appearance in the Champions League tonight when United host German title winners Wolfsburg.<br /><br />Rooney was electric on his European debut, hitting a hat-trick in a 6-2 win over Fenerbahce in 2004, and Ferguson believes he has the attributes to match elite trio Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kaka. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s blessed with certain ingredients that only great footballers have. It&rsquo;s the determination and hunger to win every match, every time he goes on the field, every training session,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />&ldquo;There are some great footballers out there like Kaka, Ronaldo and Messi. They&rsquo;re the three best players in the world in my opinion and Wayne could easily get to that level with the right progress.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ahead of tonight&rsquo;s tie, Ferguson is well aware of the dangers his Group B opponents possess.<br /><br />&ldquo;They won their first match so those three points give them a good start,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The number of goals they score is quite amazing. Their two strikers scored 71 goals between them last season, which is an incredible total.&rdquo;<br /><br />Midfielder Park Ji-Sung will be missing for the Premier League champions with a virus but full-back Patrice Evra should be available. Striker Michael Owen missed training yesterday with a groin injury but is expected to be fit.