Milito says England superstar Rooney may not even be in the world’s top 20 players.
Milito told the Daily Star Sunday: “When we hear the English or anybody else in the world of football trying to compare Wayne Rooney with Messi, we find it laughable.
“Rooney is a very good player there is no doubt about that – but to put him on the same level as Messi is wrong. It’s not up for debate, it’s just wrong.
“We are looking at a player in Messi who, when he retires, may very well be the best player to have graced the game.
“How can he be compared to anybody currently playing, let alone a player who has never ever won World Player of the Year?
“While I don’t agree with it, I can understand Messi being compared to Kaka and Ronaldo, but Rooney? No, no, no.”
Milito added: “Like I said, I think Rooney is a very good player, maybe even a top 20 player in the world – but that doesn’t make him Messi, it doesn’t even make him close to Messi."