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English footballer Wayne Rooney currently plays for Everton in the English Premier League. Besides currently dominating the field with his various midfield roles, he played as a forward for much of his career. He is the second only footballer besides Michael Carrick to achieve the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup. He joined the youth academy of Everton at the age of just 9 and then made his professional debut at the age of just 16. He later transferred to Manchester United in the 2004 summer transfer window for £25.6 million.
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Wayne Rooney most notably played for Manchester United and achieved 16 trophies with the club which includes five Premier League titles, UEFA Champions League title and FA Cup. He scored 253 total goals for United which includes 183 EPL goals thus making him the record holder of most goals scored by a player for any single club. Rooney scored 208 Premier League goals till now which also made him one of the highest scorers of EPL. Besides his marvelous club career, Rooney also achieved some great feats while playing for the English national football team. He became the youngest participant ever in the English team after he made his debut in 2003 at the age of just 17. Rooney represented the English team three times in the FIFA World Club, in 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Rooney is of Irish descent and brought up as a Roman Catholic along with his two younger brothers Graham and John by their parents Jeanette Marie and Thomas Wayne Rooney in Croxteth, Liverpool. He then attended Our Lady and St Swithin’s primary school and then in De La Salle School. He kick started his football while playing for Liverpool Schoolboys and then represented the Copplehouse boys’ club in the Junior League at the age of just 9. He scored 99 goals in a single season of the junior league and instantly spotted by the Everton scout Bob Pendleton. Rooney scored 114 goals in just 29 games for the Everton’s Under-10/11 team and became the Everton’s key player for the Merseyside derby against Liverpool. He then joined the Under-19 Everton team at the age of just 15 and scored 8 goals in 8 games in the FA Youth Cup in 2002.
Rooney first included in the Everton’s senior team on 20th April 2002 as an unused substitute against Southampton and then made his debut against Tottenham Hotspur on 17th August 2002. With his debut, he became the second youngest player to represent Everton, just behind Joe Royle. Rooney scored his first goal for the senior team in a win over Wrexham on 2nd October 2002 in the second round of the League Cup. He scored his first premier league goal against Arsenal just five days before his 17th birthday which made him the youngest goalscorer in English Premier League history. Rooney, for his amazing performance, was named as BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2002. He signed his first professional contract in January 2003 and became one of the highest paid teenagers in the world of football.
Even after Everton made a new contract of £50,000 per week, Rooney submitted his transfer request in August 2004. The club then rejected the £20 million bid for him by Newcastle. He then finally signed for Manchester United in August for a whopping £25.6 million, which instantly established his record for the highest transfer fee paid for a player under 20 years old. Manchester United’s then manager Sir Alex Ferguson said that “There were plenty of eyebrows raised” when he signed Rooney for such a big amount. Red Devils allotted the number 8 shirt for him and he made his debut on 28th September 2004. He scored a hat-trick in his debut match for United against Fenerbahçe in the UEFA Champions League which made him the youngest footballer ever to score a hat-trick in the Champions League.
Rooney became the top league scorer in his debut season for Manchester United with 11 goals under his name and was awarded PFA Young Player of the Year title in 2005. He then got his first red card in a goalless UEFA Champions League match against Villarreal in September 2005. United finished at the second place in the EPL with Rooney scoring 16 goals in 26 Premier League games in season 2005–06. He then faced a ten-game scoreless streak during the first half of season 2006-07 and then successfully overcame it with a hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers. Rooney signed a two-year contract extension for United which held him in the club till 2012. In season 2006-07, he first got the taste of Premier League success while scoring 16 EPL goals that season. Rooney first wore the number 10 jersey in June 2007 followed by the exit of Ruud van Nistelrooy. He then scored 18 goals for ManU in season 2007–08.
Wayne Rooney scored his first goal of the FIFA Club World Cup in a semi-final victory over Japanese club Gamba Osaka on 18th December 2009 and later awarded the Golden Ball as the best player in the Club World Cup. He ended the 2008-09 season with 20 total goals which includes 12 goals in the Premier league. Rooney scored 100th goal for Manchester United on 22 August 2009 against Wigan, and then scored his 100th Premier League goal on 31stJanuary 2010 against Arsenal. For his amazing performance that season, Rooney was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year 2010 on 25th April. After a deteriorated relationship with Ferguson, the Manager of United stated that Rooney wanted to quit the club in a press conference in October 2010. But shortly, Rooney made a dramatic turn and signed a new five-year contract at Manchester United.
Rooney played his 500th senior games on 11th February 2012 which was also his 350th game for Manchester United in all competitions. Sir Alex Ferguson again announced Rooney’s transfer request on 12th May 2013, but the new manager David Moyes announced that he was not for sale on 5th July 2013. Under the new manager, Rooney signed a contract extension with Manchester United on 21stFebruary 2014 for five years. He then surpassed Ruud van Nistelrooy on 24th November 2016 and became ManU’s all-time leading goal scorer in European competitions with 39 goals. He was then awarded with a commemorative Golden Boot on 29th January 2017 for becoming United’s all-time leading goal scorer.
Rooney confirmed in Media on 9th July 2017 that he will join his early-day club Everton after Manchester United allowed him to leave on a free transfer. After he signed a two-year deal with Everton, he was assigned the Number-10 jersey for the 2017-18 season. He made his second debut for the club in a victory over MFK Ružomberok in the UEFA Europa League on 27th July 2017. With providing an assist for Gylfi Sigurðsson’s goal against Swansea City on 18th December 2017, Rooney became the third-highest assist provider in the Premier League surpassing Frank Lampard with 103 assists under his belt.
Rooney made his debut for the England football team at the age of just 17 years and 111 days in a friendly against Australian team on 12thFebruary 2003 which made him the youngest player to play for the English team. He then scored his first goal against Macedonia in a Euro Qualifying match on 6th September 2003 at the age of 17 years and 317 days thus making him the youngest footballer to score for England. While scoring against Switzerland on 17th June 2004, Wayne Rooney became the youngest scorer of UEFA Euro 2004. He captained the English team for the first time on 14th November 2009 in a friendly against Brazil. Rooney then inducted among the highest English goalscorer of all time through is world-class performance in 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
He ended England’s 2014 World Cup qualifier campaign with 7 goals under his name and also became the top goal scorer of England in competitive international matches. Rooney became England’s permanent new captain after the retirement of Steven Gerrard and earned his first cap as the captain against Norway on 3rd September 2014. He participated in his 100th match for England in a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Slovenia on 15thNovember 2014.
Wayne Rooney supported his native-club Everton since the beginning of his early days besides also being a supporter of the Celtic. He loves to watch rugby and supports Leeds Rhinos rugby league club. Besides perusing his career as a professional footballer, Rooney also practices Boxing and peruses it recreationally for stress relief. He created a buzz in the fashion media after he had a hair transplant at the Harley Street Hair Clinic in June 2011. Wayne Rooney has several tattoos in his body among which a Celtic cross on his arm is his favorite. He also has a tattoo quoting “Just Enough Education to Perform” – the album title of Rooney’s favourite band ‘The Stereophonics’.
Rooney married his secondary-school sweetheart Coleen Rooney after six years of dating on 12th June 2008. While remembering his bad days and then the marriage, Wayne Rooney once stated “I was young and stupid. It was at a time when I was very young and immature and before I had settled down with Coleen.” The couple arranged a religious marriage ceremony at a converted monastery near Genoa called the Abbey of Cervara. The Bishop’s office suggested them a different church five miles away from their planned venue, but they ignored the advice and organized the ceremony at La Cervara where Father Edward Quinn presided over the ceremony. Coleen Rooney arranged “The Stereophonics” and “Westlife” to play some of Wayne Rooney’s favorite pop music at the marriage ceremony.
Wayne Rooney currently has endorsement deals with several big brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Nokia, Ford and Asda. He was dropped from one of the advertising campaigns of Coca-Cola in October 2010 following issues surrounding the private life of him. He appeared in the cover of the UK-version covers of Electronic Arts’ FIFA series a record six times from FIFA 06 to FIFA 12. With an annual income of nearly $32.6 million, Wayne Rooney was listed as the fifth highest-paid player in the world in 2012. His current net worth stands at $23.6 Million with $17.6 Million salary and $6 Million worth of endorsements.
During his marvelous career till now, Wayne Rooney has achieved several club and international awards for his amazing performance and brilliant goal-scoring capabilities. Some of the best individual awards that he was named till now are as follows –