Wayne Rooney is a striker for England and Manchester United in the English Premier League. He shot to prominence in 2003, as a 16 year old, when he scored THAT goal against Arsenal to end their unbeaten streak. His explosive pace and power made him a handful, even at such a young age, and he has developed into one of the world’s best footballers at Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney signed for Manchester United for £30m, making him the most expensive teenager in world football at the time. Having signed on transfer deadline day, Rooney missed the start of the United season, but made his debut on 28th September 2004. Big things were expected of the young ‘scouser’, and he met them all with a stunning hatrick against Fenerbahce in the Champions League.
In spite of joining the most successful team in modern times, it took two years before Rooney won his first trophy – the Carling Cup in 2006. This taste of victory was followed up by back-to-back league titles, and culminated in the Champions League victory in Moscow in May 2008.
Rooney has always been a spirited footballer, who has the competitive ‘edge’ that gives him a winning mentality. Sometimes this has spilled over into over-aggressive play, especially when his team is playing badly and losing – causing a frustrated Wayne Rooney to lash out. Sir Alex Ferguson as well as legend Diego Maradona have both claimed that Rooney needs to keep this edge, even if it does cost him a few suspensions each season.