6,727 days. That is how long earlier Wayne Rooney made his senior debut as a footballer. In his long and illustrious career, Wazza practically did and won all of it (except an international prize).

Now, ‘Roonaldo’ has chosen to hang up his boots in favour of smoother patent leather shoes, so let’s have a look back at the last 18- odd years when he has actually graced football pitches all around the world.

An early intro

Rooney signed up with the Everton youth set-up aged nine after scoring 99 objectives in one season in a local junior league– ninety-nine That suggested things to come, and they began on July 15, 2002, when Rooney netted for Everton in a friendly versus SC Weiz, an Austrian club.

About a month later, the teenager made his Premier League launching when he started in Everton’s match versus Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs fans, being Spurs fans, attempted to enter his head as they shouted ‘Who are ya?’ every time he touched the ball, however Wazza responded with what in Twitter slang would be called a ‘dub’, by assisting his side’s very first goal.

At the tender age of 16 years and 360 days, Rooney scored his first Premier League objective against Toolbox, a spectacular last-minute winner which ended the then-mighty Gunners’ 30- match unbeaten run.

Wayne Rooney of Everton scores his second objective versus Wrexham throughout the Worthington Cup 2nd round match between Wrexham and Everton at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham on October 1,2002 (Image by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

After signing his very first professional contract in January 2003, Rooney scored three more goals in that season, completing it with 8 goals from 37 trips in all competitors. In February, he made his very first look for England (after deciding against representing the Republic of Ireland) at the age of 17 years and 111 days against Australia, making him the youngest gamer to bet the 3 Lions.

Regardless of blanking for Everton from August to December in 2003/04 season, Rooney scored 9 times in that campaign. In the midst of his goal-drought for his club, the teenage experience did end up being the youngest guy to score for England when he equalised against Macedonia in a Euro 2004 qualifier.

He appeared in the primary thing too, scoring a brace on matchday 2 as England faced Switzerland. Rooney scored 2 more times in the last group phase match versus Croatia, however his (and England’s) tournament ended bitterly as he was hurt versus Portugal in the quarter-finals and the 3 Lions lost on penalties. (Spoiler alert: this takes place extremely often.)

Wayne Rooney of England gets treatment after injuring his ankle prior to the opening goal scored by David Beckham during the UEFA Euro 2004 quarter-final match in between Portugal and England at the Luz Stadium on June 24, 2004, in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The Wonder Young boy had strongly announced his arrival, and now it was time for him to handle a bigger challenge.

Joining the huge boys

Despite being one of the best-paid teens in the league (and honestly, the world), Rooney decided to hand in a transfer demand in the summer season of2004 Everton used a brand-new agreement which was even more rewarding, but the boy was not thinking about cash. The likes of Newcastle United and Chelsea were stated to be interested in Rooney’s signature, however it was Manchester United who got that after paying ₤256 million– the highest transfer cost for a teen at the time.

Rooney can do the lot. Eventually he’ll have all the United records.

— Denis Law

Rooney would immediately prove that he had all the capacity in the world by scoring his very first expert hat-trick on debut in the Champions League against Fenerbahçe, ending up being the youngest guy to do so at Europe’s biggest phase. That season was relatively frustrating for the Red Devils as it ended trophyless, however Rooney certainly impressed with 17 goals in all competitions, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award and ending up as his side’s top-scorer in the league.

The Englishman went on to include 41 objectives in over 100 appearances in all competitions over the next 2 campaigns (consisting of four in the Champions League knockout stages), lastly winning his first trophy in red. It wasn’t a little offer like the League Cup either– it was the Premier League itself.

Prior To that, Rooney just handled to feature in the 2006 World Cup as he was rushed back from a foot injury. That decision turned out to be unwise, however, as he clearly kept an eye out of shape, and stopped working to score a single objective in the competition. England lost to Portugal on penalties in the quarter-finals when again, and this time, Rooney didn’t take part in the spot-kicks due to the fact that he was sent off simply after the 60 th minute.

Argentinian referee Horacio Elizondo (2ndR) reveals the red card to Wayne Rooney throughout the World Cup 2006 quarter-final football match between England and Portugal on 01 July 2006 Gelsenkirchen stadium. (Photo by PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP through Getty Images)

Turning into one of the big kids

Although Wayne Rooney missed out on a couple of months worth of action in the 2007/08 season, he completely enjoyed it as he raised both the Premier League and Champions League after scoring 16 times in the 2 competitors.

The ‘brand-new Pelé’ added 54 goals to his club tally in the two subsequent seasons, including some crucial strikes in the FIFA Club World Cup last, a stoppage-time winner against Manchester City in the League Cup semi-final and a number of hat-tricks elsewhere.

He was in fine kind for England too, netting nine times in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers– making him his country’s top-scorer in that area. In the genuine thing itself, both Rooney and England went missing out on, as the United star failed to score a single objective while the 3 Lions were knocked out in the round of 16.

However, his time at United was not completely devoid of controversy. Rooney missed a number of months in the initial phases of the 2010/11 season through an ankle injury, or a minimum of Sir Alex Ferguson believed so. The Englishman thought he was being dropped for other factors, eventually leading the Scottish tactician to openly state that Rooney wanted to leave. The player and his representatives specified that this was down to aspiration and not money, but they soon took a u-turn as Rooney signed a five-year contract extension.

He went back to first-team action in November, scoring a few goals here and there until the Manchester derby in February. In the 78 th minute of that match, Rooney scored an outrageous overhead kick which showed to be the winning objective, later on mentioning that it was the ‘finest objective of his career’. It definitely is among the most iconic moments in Manchester Derby history.

Wayne Rooney ratings Manchester United’s 2nd objective throughout the English Premier League football match in between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on February 12,2011 (Image by ANDREW YATES/AFP through Getty Images)

After netting 50 goals in all competitors in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons, Rooney looked set to be lifting yet another Premier League title till some Sergio Agüero decided to score in the really eleventh hour of the extremely last match of the season. On the bright side, it was around this time that Rooney produced a few of the finest specimens of English literature.

Simply sat here thinking about Wayne Rooney’s most significant contributions to the game and indeed, our lives: pic.twitter.com/RT7p06 okhC

— Red Voices (@RedVoicesMUFC) January 15, 2021

After that heartbreak, Rooney went to the European Champions with England. Regardless of another encouraging certifying project where England finished top of the group, Rooney was disqualified for the first two group stage matches in the primary tournament due to a red-card suspension he got in the last qualifier.

Tough times

Wayne Rooney dealt with stiff competitors from brand-new finalizing Robin Van Persie for a beginning spot in the 2012/13 season, but he did manage to get 22 of those in the Premier League, contributing to as many goals at the same time. Manchester United progressed to yet another league title, and with Sir Alex Ferguson announcing his retirement towards the end of the season, Rooney handed in another transfer request.

However, David Moyes, the beneficiary to Sir Alex’s throne, clearly mentioned that Rooney was not for sale, so interest from the likes of Chelsea, Toolbox, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain did not materialise. He scored his 200 th goal for Manchester United in the 2013/14 season, signing an agreement extension until 2019 midway through it. The club as a whole seriously underperformed, and Moyes was quickly dismissed.

As soon as again, global football showed to be destructive for Rooney, as he was criticised for his efficiencies in the 2014 World Cup where England were knocked out in the group phase regardless of adding to both of his side’s goals by scoring and assisting.

Louis Van Gaal instated Wayne Rooney as his side’s captain following the departure of Nemanja Vidić. The Englishman welcomed this obligation well, often even playing out of position in midfield to help his side, with his efficiencies being acknowledged by everybody as he won the Premier League Gamer of the Month award for December.

Wayne Rooney scores Manchester United’s 2nd goal throughout the Barclays Premier League match in between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 26, 2014, in Manchester, England. (Picture by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester United and England legend

If Wayne Rooney left in 2013 (when he handed in that transfer demand), he would undoubtedly have been remembered as one of Manchester United’s finest players. However, he stuck with the Red Devils, sealing his place as an undeniable club legend.

In the 2015/16 season, Rooney set several records, including ending up being the Premier League’s second-highest all-time top-scorer, a lot of objectives for one club in the Premier League and 500 appearances for Manchester United. At the end of that season, he captained England in the Euros.

That ended as it constantly had historically– with disappointment. Although Rooney broke a couple of private records as he got his 100 th England cap and became the country’s all-time top-scorer with his 50 th goal, later likewise scoring his 300 th expert objective, England were ousted from the Round of 16 yet again– this time by Iceland.

At United, though, he continued to carry out well. In the 2016/17 season, he scored 15 objectives, including 3 in European competitions that made him the club’s all-time top-scorer in the continental phase. In his last season at the club, Rooney ended up being Manchester United’s all-time top-scorer by netting his 251 st goal with a remarkable free-kick, going beyond Sir Bobby Charlton’s record.

Wayne Rooney applauds the crowd ratings as he is presented with an award for becoming the Manchester United’s leading objective scorer of perpetuity from Sir Bobby Charlton prior to the Emirates FA Cup 4th Round match in between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on January 29, 2017, in Manchester, England. (Image by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

At the end of the 2017/18 season, Rooney lastly decided to leave Manchester United, having done it all with the team on both a private and club level.

Post-United career

Wayne Rooney returned to boyhood club Everton for the 2017/18 season.

After a season back in Merseyside, Rooney chose to venture out of England for the first and only time in his career when he joined D.C. United in the MLS. After helping on launching and being named captain a couple of video games in, Rooney assisted the capital club to the play-offs. They were knocked out in the first round, he was called MVP as he contributed to 18 objectives in 21 looks.

In his first full season of MLS action, Rooney when again directed D.C. United to the play-offs with 18 more goal-contributions. His scalps also included his first MLS hat-trick, but this also taken place to be his last, since he announced that he would be returning to England to join Derby County as a player-coach, while Phillip Cocu would continue as supervisor.

After debuting as captain and assisting a goal in the same match, Rooney went on to add to eight more objectives in the Championship. With Cocu stopping working to live up to expectations, he was dismissed in November 2020, leaving the door open for Rooney to take over as interim manager with 3 other equally-positioned coaches.

Wayne Rooney and Liam Rosenior, co-Interim Managers of Derby County, commemorate after Duane Holmes scores the very first objective throughout the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Wycombe Wanderers at Pride Park Stadium on November 28, 2020, in Derby, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Plainly, the Rams’ outcomes started to improve, and the club felt that Rooney was an essential factor in this. To focus on his primary job, Wayne Rooney chose to hang up his boots for great.

Legacy, statistics and records

Wayne Rooney might not have won any significant trophy or even probably carried out at vital phases for the English National Group, however there is definitely no doubt that he is among the best players this football-frenzied nation has actually produced. He had everything– energy, pure technical ability, crazy ability, flexibility, understanding of the video game, and, above all, an excellent eye for goal.

Anyone who has viewed him will certainly attest to his brilliance, but for those who have not, here are a few of his overwhelming stats and records:

  • 883– Looks for club and nation.
  • 366 — Goals for club and country
  • 53 — Objectives for England, a nationwide team record.
  • 120 — England caps, a record for an outfield gamer, and simply five except Peter Shilton’s general record.
  • 253 — Goals for Manchester United, a club record.
  • 208 — Goals scored in the Premier League, just except Alan Shearer’s tally of 260.
  • 183– A lot of Premier League objectives scored for one club.
  • 200 & 100– The only footballer to have scored at least 200 objectives and offered at least 100 helps in the Premier League.
  • 34– The majority of objectives scored by an English player in the UEFA Champions League
  • 12 — Major honours won with Manchester United– 5 Premier League titles, 3 League Cups, an FA Cup, a Champions League, a Europa League and a FIFA Club World Cup.
  • 12– Most Premier League seasons reaching double figures in objectives
  • 11– All-time leading goal-scorer in Manchester Derby.

But, even after all of that, Rooney was an extraordinarily ordinary human, as is evident in his still-undeleted Twitter history. So, we can just say one thing to honor a soft and quiet end to an otherwise-explosive and remarkable career:

Wayne Rooney has retired. @

— Fake Carlton (@_CarltonCole9) January 15, 2021

Stats courtesy Sky Sports and Whoscored.


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