The end of an era has finally dawned. Wayne Rooney has left Manchester United after 13 years at the club. The man who beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record of 249 goals for the club has left to re-join his boyhood club, Everton.
Everton were the side that supplied Rooney with the platform to become a superstar.
He first burst on to the scene for the Merseyside club against Arsenal when he came off the bench score the winner with a 25 yard screamer and end Arsenal’s unbeaten streak.
His impressive performances fired him to stardom eventually getting him a move to the Manchester United, for a fee of £24 million. The fee would later prove to be a bargain.
Rooney hailed as ‘the White Pele’ by United fans has had a tough time in recent years but in his prime, he was one of the best players in the world and only once he retires will people recognise the brilliance of Wayne Rooney.
The 31 year-old who joined United as an 18 year-old wonderkid has created an endless stream of good memories for both club and country with a lengthy series of impressive goals and performances despite the odd bad moment.
The highs of his Manchester United career were out of this world and far outweighed the lows. These memories include his sensational debut hat-trick in the Champions League against Fenerbahce in which he scored a superb free-kick along with two exceptional finishes.
Although he may have had some anger issues in his early years at the club, those slip ups proved to be minor incidents in the bigger picture as he supplied reds around the world with some of the best moments in United’s history, more specifically in the Premier League era.
A Manchester United Legend?
He may also never be held in the same regard as the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Sir Bobby Charlton because of his two failed attempts to get out of the club but personally, I think this is wrong.
He deserves to be put up on a pedestal close to those of Giggsy’s calibre as when he played in the shirt, he gave his all and did some truly amazing things. Even the greatest make mistakes.
Favourite Rooney Memories
My favourite Wayne Rooney moment was his celebration after he scored the gravity defying overhead kick against Manchester City.
The reason I say the celebration and not the beautiful goal itself is because you could see how much the goal meant to him. The way he raised his arms and closed his eyes, you could tell it was a moment of pure joy, a massive release of emotion.
Another unbelievable Wayne Rooney memory was that match winning performance against West Ham. United were 2-0 down when Rooney came alive. He scored a second half hat trick which resulted in him celebrating by shouting expletives down the sky cameras. This eventually led to a suspension.
This showed how much passion he had for the game and club. This display also showcased how his ability to take the game by the scruff of the neck and win it on his own even when his side looked to be down and out.
These little moments and individual games add up to make a very impressive scrapbook of highlights. The amount of highlights that feature in these ‘scrapbooks’ show the difference between the good and the great.
There is more than enough Rooney highlights to fill out several scrapbooks, even just a montage of his greatest goals would be the guts of half an hour.
One Of The Greats!
Wayne Rooney deserves to go down as one of the greatest strikers in Premier League history. He deserves to be held in the same bracket as the likes of Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
Rooney is the second all time top scorer in the Premier League with a sublime tally of 198 goals and counting.
He could yet go on to bag another twenty in his time in the premier league should he get plenty game time at Everton in the next couple of years.
Although he would still be a fair distance off the remarkable tally of Shearer, to have scored that amount of goals in one of the best leagues in the worlds is sensational.
Timing Is Right
I, myself, like any other Manchester United fan is gutted to see Rooney leave but I would also admit that the timing is right.
He has been in decline in the last year or so but that in no way should discredit what he has done for Manchester United and what he has achieved. The man has had a career in football that most players can only dream about.
He went from being a teenage sensation at his boyhood club, Everton to becoming a superstar at the biggest club in the world and eventually winning everything there is to win including the Premier League several times and a Champions League.
Only to return to his boyhood club 13 years later to hopefully see out his career the same way he came into it, scoring goals.
Rooney Feats May Never Be Repeated
What Wayne Rooney has done for Manchester United, the Premier League and England is unlikely to be repeated any time soon.
He has won everything there is to win at club level. Became the record goalscorer and captain for both club and country, as well as becoming the second highest goalscorer the league has ever seen.
Ultimately, I believe despite his recent flawed and flat performances Wayne Rooney should be hailed as a Manchester United and Premier League legend.
There is few players that will ever achieve what he has and done what he has within the game.
I believe I speak for the majority of United fans when I say we will miss Wayne Rooney and want to wish him the best of luck after all he has done for our great club.
Finally, I would also like to say thank you to Wayne. Thank you for the passion you showed when wearing the shirt. Thank you for the spectacular goals. Thank you for the world class individual performances. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for everything Wayne.
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