Wayne Rooney has been described as a "freckled demon" and a "hooligan" by Spanish sport newspaper Marca ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Manchester United on Wednesday.

The sport daily splashed their front page with a picture of Rooney and the headline “The Bad Boy — and his 5,000 ‘friends’", referring to United's large support travelling to the Spanish capital.

Inside the paper, journalist Hugo Cerezo takes over.

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Marca's Tuesday splash

He writes: “Wayne Rooney is a football player and hooligan all rolled into one.

“To look at him, you’d think he was one of the 4,000 British fans on the terraces… yelling and drinking beer and jumping the queue to get in through Gate D.

“But Rooney will run out on to the turf at the Bernabeu and face players who have bones to pick with him.

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Rooney enjoying a joke in training on Tuesday

“Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho, Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo may well relive their encounters with the English bad boy.”

'Bad boy' Rooney has not been sent off for United in nearly four years.

Sir Alex Ferguson has also been the subject of a Marca front page splash when in 2003 they ran the headline "Hooligan Ferguson" after he suggested the draw for the Champions League quarter-final had been fixed.

Real Madrid and Manchester United train ahead of Champions League clash

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  • Manchester United's Robin van Persie trains with teammates at Carrington training ground, in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League first knockout round soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa, center, trains with teammates including Chris Smalling, right, at Carrington training ground in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League first knockout round soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, trains with teammates at Carrington training ground in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League first knockout round soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, bottom, is helped to his feet after falling as he trains with teammates at Carrington training ground in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League first knockout round soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie (right) and Rio Ferdinand during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (floor) is helped up by Michael Carrick during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie (centre), Wayne Rooney (left), Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes (right) during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (right) watches his players during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie (left) during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa and Rafael during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's manager Alex Ferguson during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson watches his players during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United players during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Robin Van Persie during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Phil Jones and Shinji Kagawa (left) during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

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    Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is helped up by Michael Carrick during the training session at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.

  • Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, smiles as he trains alongside teammate Nemanja Vidic at Carrington training ground in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League round of 16 soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, center, trains with teammates at Carrington training ground in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League round of 16 soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    Real Madrid's Pepe of Portugal walks during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Real Madrid will play Manchester United Wednesday in the 1st leg of a round of 16 Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

  • Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal, center, stands in front of Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, top right, as he watches other players exercise during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Real Madrid will play Manchester United Wednesday in the 1st leg of a round of 16 Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

  • Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand, left, trains with teammates including Jonny Evans at Carrington training ground, in Manchester, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Manchester United will play Real Madrid in a Champion's League round of 16 soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, 2nd left, runs with some of his teammates during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Real Madrid will play Manchester United Wednesday in the 1st leg of a round of 16 Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

  • Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal, right watches Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, left, during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Real Madrid will play Manchester United Wednesday in the 1st leg of a round of 16 Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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    Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal, right, looks around as his players run during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Real Madrid will play Manchester United Wednesday in the 1st leg of a round of 16 Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, center rear, kicks a soccer ball during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. Real Madrid will play Manchester United Wednesday in the 1st leg of a round of 16 Champions League soccer match in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12: Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid excercises with his teammates ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester United at the Valdebebas training ground on February 12, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12: Cristiano Ronaldo (C) of Real Madrid excercises with his teammates ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester United at the Valdebebas training ground on February 12, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12: Real Madrid players excercise ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester United at the Valdebebas training ground on February 12, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho (R) takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho (L) takes part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho (Back) watches Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo as they take part in a training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid, on February 12, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Manchester United against Real Madrid. AFP PHOTO/ DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12: Cristiano Ronaldo (C) of Real Madrid stands amid his teammates during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid CF and Manchester United at the Valdebebas training ground on February 12, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)