CRISTIANO RONALDO was NOT Wayne Rooney's favourite Manchester United team-mate.

While Rooney developed frightening relationships with the likes of Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistlerooy and Robin van Persie – none were a match for one certain forward.


The honour of Roo's favourite team-mate actually goes to Carlos Tevez.

Rooney and Tevez spent two years together at Old Trafford, winning a whopping SIX trophies in that time.

That included back-to-back Premier League titles in 2008 and 2009, as well as Champions League glory in 2008.

And Rooney, 36, revealed the pair of them were "like bulls" when trying to win the ball back from opponents, and "complimented" each other perfectly.

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He told SportBible back in February: "I just loved our connection. The two of us up front, we complimented each other really well.

"Normally if I played with Louis Saha, Ruud van Nistelrooy or Robin van Persie – these strikers were always the No9 and I'd play as a No10.

"With Tevez we could rotate, I'd be the No9, he'd take the No9 spot and I'd be No10. When we lost the ball we'd be like two bulls trying to get it back.

"As a strike partner, he was the one I enjoyed playing with the most."

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The deadly duo separated when Tevez controversially moved to bitter local rivals Manchester City in the summer of 2009.

It was a transfer that left Rooney "devastated".

The now DC United boss continued: "I enjoyed playing with him that much and I knew something was going on because there was the issue with his ownership in terms of whether it was the club or an agent.

"It was actually very cheap to buy him and for whatever reason we didn't buy him.

"I think Man City got him for about £20million, which is incredible really.

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"You saw what a great player he was when he went there. I was devastated."

Now 38, Tevez emotionally retired from football back in June.

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