Wayne Rooney was born Wayne Mark Rooney in Croxteth, Liverpool, England, on October 24, 1985. In a Roman Catholic home, he grew up with his mother Jeanette, father Thomas, and younger brothers Graham and John, and attended Our Lady and St Swithin’s and De La Salle School.
Wayne was a member of the Liverpool Schoolboys, Copplehouse Boys’ Club, and Kirkdale Junior League as a kid. At the age of nine, he was recruited for Everton’s youth team, and at the age of sixteen, he began playing professionally for the club.
In 2002, Rooney was named the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year for his outstanding achievement. Wayne’s 11-year-old son, who joined the Red Devils program in December 2020, is clearly eager to follow in his father’s footsteps and reach the pinnacle of the game.
1. Playing Career
Manchester United nabbed Rooney in 2004 after agreeing to a £25.6 million deal with Everton. He donned the shirt, and in his first match with United, he became the youngest player in Champions League history to score a hat-trick.
Wayne scored 11 goals for United that season, earning him the league’s leading scorer, and he was named PFA Young Player of the Year. Rooney scored 16 goals the following season, shattered his right metatarsal, and won the 2005–06 League Cup as Man of the Match.
He signed a contract extension with Manchester United during the 2006–07 season, keeping him with the club until 2012. Wayne also received his first Premier League title winner’s medal during that season.
Rooney started wearing the jersey in the 2007–08 season, fractured his left metatarsal (which kept him out for six weeks), and damaged his ankle; he scored 18 goals that season, and United won the all-English Champions League final.
Wayne played in the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2008, and he hurt his hamstring in January 2009. He was awarded Man of the Match again in December 2009 and PFA Players’ Player of the Year in April 2010.
He appeared in the 2009 Champions League Final and the 2009 Community Shield, and he was named Man of the Match again in December 2009 and PFA Players’ Player of the Year in April 2010.
Despite reports that he intended to leave, Rooney signed a new 5-year contract with Manchester United in October 2010, and the following year, he became the highest-scoring Englishman in Champions League history.
Wayne signed a new contract extension in February 2014, committing to play for United until 2019, and he was chosen team captain for the 2014–15 season.
Rooney scored his 250th goal for Manchester United in January 2017, earning him the club’s all-time leading scorer. Wayne signed a two-year contract with Everton in 2017 and a three-and-a-half-year contract with D.C. United of Major League Soccer in 2018.
After only three games, Rooney was elected captain of D.C. United and was crowned MVP at the end of the season.
2. Coaching Career
Wayne left D.C. United in 2020 to become a player-coach with Derby County of the English Football League Championship. Wayne announced his retirement from playing in January 2021 in order to devote his whole attention to coaching Derby.
3. Personal Experiences
Wayne married Coleen McLoughlin on June 12, 2008, and the couple has four sons: Kai (born November 2009), Klay (born May 2013), Kit (born January 2016), and Cass (born November 2009). (born in February 2018).
Wayne secured a five-book publishing agreement with HarperCollins in 2006, for which he received a £5 million advance plus royalties.
In 2006, he released “My Story So Far” and “The Official Wayne Rooney Annual,” in 2009, “The Way It Is,” and “My Decade in the Premier League,” and in 2012, he released “My Decade in the Premier League.”
Rooney sued “The Sun” and “News of the World” in 2006 over allegations that he abused his wife, and he was awarded £100,000 in damages, which he donated to charity.
Wayne was also sued for accusations made in “My Story So Far” by Everton manager David Moyes in 2006, and the action was settled for £500,000 in 2008.
Rooney was caught drunk driving in September 2017, and after pleading guilty in court, he was fined £170, had his driving privileges revoked for two years, and was sentenced to complete 100 hours of community service.
He was detained for public intoxication and swearing at Washington Dulles International Airport the following year.
4. Honors and Awards
In the years 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015, Wayne was named England Player of the Year. He was named FIFPro Young Player of the Year (2004–05) and got a Bravo Award (2003) and a Golden Boy Award (2004) early in his career.
Rooney was also named Premier League Player of the Season (2009–10), FWA Footballer of the Year (2009–10), and D.C. United Golden Boot Winner for the 2009–10 season (2018).
Wayne has various football records, including all-time top scorer for Manchester United, all-time top scorer for the England national team, and most Premier League goals scored for a single club.
5. What is Wayne Rooney’s Salary and Net Worth?
Wayne Rooney is a British player and coach with a $170 million net worth. Wayne earned a $26 million annual paycheck during the height of his playing career.
With Manchester United, he won the Premier League five times and garnered numerous individual awards, including Premier League Player of the Season and FIFA Club World Cup Most Valuable Player of the Final.
Wayne signed a three-year contract with D.
C. United of Major League Soccer in June 2017, and he earned $30 million in salary and endorsements the following year. Nike, Nokia, Coca-Cola, and Ford are among the businesses with which Rooney has signed endorsement partnerships.
6. Real Estate
Wayne and Coleen spent £20 million for a six-bedroom property in Cheshire, England, in 2019. In 2017, the pair paid £320,000 for a waterfront apartment in Port Charlotte, Florida, and they own a £5 million Barbados mansion that they bought in 2010.
They started renting out the Barbados home in 2015, charging between £10,000 and £25,000 per week depending on the season.