Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney
wants to become as good a player as Lionel Messi.[LNB] The Barcelona ace has been voted the world's best player in two successive years and he is regarded as one of the greatest in history.[LNB]Rooney and Messi also went head-to-head in May's Champions League final, where both scored but the Argentine was one of the main reasons Barcelona cruised to a 3-1 win.[LNB]United striker Rooney realises he is not at the same level as Messi and he has set his sights on reaching the standards set by the 24-year-old. [LNB]Rooney said: "Messi is a great player and rightly World Player of the Year. [LNB]"For every footballer out there, not just me, that's the target you want to try to get to and, hopefully, I can. [LNB]"I want to do well all the time and know I can always improve. [LNB]"I work hard every day to try to achieve that so it'll be great for me and the club if I do."