Record breaker, heartbreaker or traitor; whatever you think about Wayne Rooney, it’s impossible to deny him a place in Manchester United and English football history.
It’s a sad day for Manchester United fans, after club legend Wayne Rooney has announced his departure to former club Everton. He’s been a man in decline for the past two seasons but form is temporary and class is permanent.
Wayne Rooney has been a household name in England for more than a decade and he’s delivered some of the most memorable moments in Premier League history. His curling beauty past David Seaman for Everton, his cannonball volley against Newcastle, his delicate delicious chip against Portsmouth, his magnificent lob from the halfway line against West Ham and the unforgettable and iconic match winning overhead kick in the Manchester derby.
The above was only a small portion of the mesmerising and genius moments produced by the goal machine himself. His partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo was truly magical and the duo formed an unstoppable attacking threat under their leader Sir Alex Ferguson.
After bursting onto the scene as a young 16-year-old with Everton, Rooney has fulfilled his potential! Some may argue this point but he’s ended his Manchester United and England career as their all-time top goal scorers, which suggests he’s reached the pinnacle.
It’ll be incredibly strange to see Wayne Rooney wearing an Everton strip for the first time since his departure in August 2004. It seems a positive move for the 31-year-old, who was used sparingly by Jose Mourinho last term.
Rooney went out in glorious fashion by clinching the League Cup, Europa League and Champions League qualification in his final season at the Theatre of Dreams. It’s goodbye for Wayne Rooney but the memories he created will last for generations!
He’ll always remain a true red! Rooney is one of a very special breed and will go down as one of the best players in Manchester United and England history. The 31-year-old ends his 13-year spell at Old Trafford with 253 goals in 559 appearances in all competitions.
Overall, Rooney won 5 Premier League titles, 4 FA Community Shields, 3 League Cups, 1 FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and FIFA World Club Cup. He’s also one of the last of England’s golden generation from the early 2000s, signalling the end of an era.