Ferdinand thinks the striker should weigh up how many trophies the Portuguese has won since leaving.
Manchester United stalwart Rio Ferdinand has appealed to Wayne Rooney not to leave Old Trafford and has used Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Real Madrid as an example of why not.
Despite having become the fastest Madrid player to reach 100 goals and having received plaudits worldwide, Ferdinand believes Rooney only has to look at the Portuguese attacker’s trophy cabinet for evidence not to leave Old Trafford.
“I don’t see where you go better from here,” the defender was quoted in the Guardian.
“For instance, Cristiano has been ridiculous as a football player individually, but has he won more trophies since leaving than what we’ve won? That’s the way I look at it.
“I’ve had loads of offers over the years to go to other football clubs but I’ve never really wanted to go anywhere. I came to Man United for one simple reason and that was to win trophies.”
Since Ronaldo left the Premier League for a world record £80m transfer fee in 2009 the 28-year-old has won two major trophies with the Copa Del Rey in 2011 and the La Liga title in 2012.
During the same time period Ferdinand and Rooney have won the league title twice and the League Cup in 2010 and when the Portugal international was at the club he won three Premier League titles, two League Cups, an FA Cup and the Champions League.
Rooney has been strongly linked with a move away from United since the end of last season, when recently retired manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed the 27-year-old had handed in a transfer request.
The forward has since rebuked those claims and in new boss David Moyes’ first press conference at the Red Devils on Friday, the Scot also said the England international would be going nowhere.
However, Rooney is continued to be named with such illustrious European clubs as Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.