Despite the pedantic criticisms and injurious falsehoods over the years, Wayne Rooney has managed to overcome overwhelming odds to become a legend in the game for both club and country.
Twice the striker has broken Sir Bobby Charlton’s records- surpassing him to become the leading goalscorer for both England and Manchester United.
Record in the bag
Wayne Rooney made a sporadic return to the starting line up on Sunday, as he skippered his side in the FA Cup fourth round tie against visiting Wigan Athletic.
His highlight of the day was right before kick-off when he was feted with a golden boot trophy for becoming the Red Devils’ all time top scorer with 250 goals.
Although he rallied his side to a 4-0 victory over Wigan, Wayne Rooney’s twelve year stay at Old Trafford could soon be coming to an end.
There are massive campaigns to popularize football in the Far East, with clubs from the Chinese Super League offering ludicrous wages that have thus far proven hard to resist.
Hulk, Oscar and Graziano Pelle are all currently on a considerable wage bills for various Chinese clubs, but none can match the £615,000 per week being earned by former Manchester United forward Carlos Tevez.
Rooney has managed to take the incessant media criticism of playing second fiddle in his stride, not to sweating the little stuff which is in stark contrast to the temperamental nature during his early days in Manchester.
Much like former England captain Steven Gerrard, Rooney looked on fine course to join the MLS after breaking Sir Bobby’s record- until the Chinese came along.
With less than a month to the close of the Chinese transfer window, Wayne could be on the verge of joining an undisclosed club for a monumental £900,000 per week: making him the highest paid footballer in the world.
Rooney out, Griezmann in
Having won virtually every trophy with Manchester United- some more than once- no one would hold it against him if the 31-year old left for China.
Furthermore, money spent on the transfer could be used to prepare a mega bid for Antoine Griezmann in the summer.
Wayne is a known family man, and his decision to move Far East will be highly impacted by his young family, more so his wife Coleen.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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