Rooney has failed to score a lot of goals in the last few season, but Rio believes the England striker can become the Premier League’s top scorer.
“Maybe it has had to be drilled into him, but Wayne is playing more like an orthodox centre-forward for us and – given time – he could easily be the best in the world,” said Ferdinand.
“He has the capability, without a doubt. He has more tools in his box than any other number nine in the world.
“I have every confidence in him. It is just a matter of him being given the time, and I am sure he will put it into practice.”
“Sometimes he needs to be more selfish,” Ferdinand added. “I feel he is capable of getting 25 or 30 goals a season.
“I know how difficult Wayne can be to play against, and if he continues to keep working in the right areas he can be top scorer in The Premier League.
“But in order to achieve it, you must have a certain amount of selfishness – and he probably needs it a little bit more.”