Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted that a reunion with former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney could be on the cards before their illustrious playing careers are brought to a close.
Two goal-scoring icons of the modern era enjoyed many happy years together at Old Trafford, with Premier League and Champions League successes savoured while with the Red Devils.
Both have since headed for pastures new, with Ronaldo now with Serie A giants Juventus after completing a stunning switch from Real Madrid over the summer.
Rooney, meanwhile, is impressing in MLS with D.C. United following a frustrating second stint at boyhood club Everton.
A spell in America has been mooted for Ronaldo, despite the Portuguese committing to a long-term contract in Turin, and he has admitted that he would welcome the chance to work with fellow 33-year-old Rooney again at some stage.
“For me the power of Wayne Rooney is his mentality and strength," Ronaldo told Goalhanger films.
"He never stops, he always runs, helps the team. He’s a fantastic team player and he scores goals. He scored important goals, for me he’s fantastic.
“He was the kid of England. Everyone loved him. He is a fantastic boy, fantastic player.
"I used to call him, between me and my mates, the pit bull. I remember when he lost the ball he was so powerful, a strong guy, he shoots unbelievable.
"He scored many goals, what can I say? I miss playing with him. The future nobody knows. Maybe we’ll play one day together again.”
Ronaldo penned a four-year contract at Juventus upon his arrival in Italy over the summer.
Rooney, meanwhile, signed a three-and-a-half-year deal after bringing his Premier League career to a close and heading to Washington.
Both men still have plenty of football at the highest level left in them, with Rooney about to rejoin the England fold for one final international outing, and it could be that their paths cross again before either slips into retirement.