Wayne Mark Rooney is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester United and in the English national team. He is the youngest player ever to score a goal for the English national team, and he is widely acknowledged as one of England’s very best football player. He is also one of the best paid footballers in the world with an annual income of £18 million from salary and sponsorship deals.

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Wayne Rooney has broken numerous records and been showered with national and international awards. As of late 2011, he has –received the England Player of the Year award twice (2008 and 2009) and the FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball once (2008). He has also been named the FWA Footballer of the Year (2009/2011), the PFA Players’ Player of the Year (2009/2011) and the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year (2005/2006 and 2009/2010).


Youth career
1996–2002 Everton

Senior career

Years           Team                                    Apps                                   Gls

2002–2004    Everton                              67                                        15

2004–           Manchester United             229                                      111

National team

2000–2001    England U15                    4                                          2

2001–2002    England U17                     12                                        7

2002–          England U19                         1                                          0

2003–          England                              73                                        28

Rooney played for Liverpool Schoolboys as a child, and then for the Copperhouse boys’ club in the  local Walton and Kirkdale junior league where he attracted the attention of a talent scout from Everton.  At the tender age of nine, Ronney joined the Everton club and two years later he was their mascot for the Merseyside derby. At the age of 15, Rooney was playing for the under-19s and he scored eight goals over eight matches during the FA Youth Cup in 2002. Rooney made his senior debut in August 2002 and scored his first two senior goals in October during a game against Wrexham in the League Cup.

After a bidding war in 2004, Manchester United paid £25.6 millions for 18 year old Rooney. He made his debut for Manchester United on September 28 in a Champions League match where he scored a hit-trick and laid on an assist. Rooney became the team’s top league scorer that season with 11 goals and was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award. His first trophy with United came in the 2006 League Cup.

On October 4, 2008, Rooney became the youngest player in the history of the league to have played 200 matches. His 200th game was a match against Blackburn Rovers won by Manchester United. On August 22, 2009, Rooney became the 20th Manchester United player to have scored a hundred goals for the team.

During the 2010/2011 season, Ronney signed renewed his contracted with Manchester United. The new contract will expire in 2015.

Private life

  • Wayne Mark Rooney was born in Croxteth, Liverpool in 1985.
  • His parents are named Thomas Wayne Rooney and Jeanette Marie Rooney.
  • Rooney has two younger brothers, Graeme and John. John is a professional football player.
  • Wayne Rooney is of Irish descent and was brought up Catholic.
  • Rooney met his future wife Coleen McLoughlin when they were at secondary school. After six years of dating, they married in 2008. They have a son, Kai Wayne Rooney, born in 2009.