Wayne Rooney is the English international who currently plays for English Premier League side Manchester United as the main striker, while he is also an important part of the England national team. Wayne Rooney is regarded as one of the finest strikers in England, and he started his career with Merseyside club Everton. He made his debut for Everton in 2002 aged just 16, thus becoming the second youngest player to make an appearance for Everton.
It did not take long for him to find the back of the net, as he did so against Wrexham on October 2nd. This made Wayne Rooney the youngest player to have ever scored for Everton. However, his major achievement as an Everton player came against Arsenal just days before turning 17. The last-minute goal he scored against Arsenal gave Everton a famous win, which also took Rooney to the top of the wish list of many clubs across Europe. It did not take long for people to compare him with Peter Beardsley and many other famous English players.
Everton resisted many attempts from other clubs to sign Rooney. Rooney made 37 appearances in his first season for Everton, while scoring eight goals in the process. It was followed up with a similar second season, which soon led him to become the talking point of many clubs. It was rumoured that Newcastle were interested in signing the player for around £ 20 million after Rooney had rejected a new deal with Everton. In the summer of 2004, it was announced that Everton had agreed a £30 million transfer fee with Manchester United. It was a record fee paid for an 18-year-old.
Rooney made his debut against Fenerbahçe and was one of the star performers in the 6-2 win over the Turkish club.
Rooney gave an assist and scored a hat trick on his debut. In his first season with the club, he made 43 appearances and scored 17 goals. However, his best performance in the season came in 2009-10 when he scored a mammoth 34 goals from 44 appearances. He was instrumental in Manchester United winning the title and the Champions League in 2008. Rooney decided to leave Manchester United in the summer of 2010, but he was eventually persuaded to stay with the side following an offer of £250,000 a week, which made him the best-paid player in England.
Rooney made his England debut aged just 17, while he became the youngest player to score a goal for the England national team. His first major tournament was the Euro 2004, but Rooney did not complete the tournament due to an injury. Overall, Rooney has played 72 appearances for England and scored 28 goals in the process.
During his career, Rooney has won the Premier League four times, Champions League once, and the FIFA Club World Cup once. Individually, he has been the recipient of PFA Players’ Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year, PFA Fans’ Player of the Year, and FIFPro World Young Player of the Year.