Wayne Rooney – a legend by his own right, the former Manchester United and England striker took the world by storm when he moved from Merseyside to Manchester in 2001. Since then, we’ve seen stunning goals, clinical dribbling, and exquisite celebrations. However, there’s a lot to Rooney than what meets the eye. Here are 10 Things you didn’t know about Wayne Rooney.
Rooney is a Potterhead
Wayne Rooney is an ardent fan of the Harry Potter series and his favorite book is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. He also took part in the promotion of the habit of book reading among young kids. According to him, he’s read all the books in the Harry Potter series written by Brit JK Rowling. Fans of Harry Potter love this about Wayne Rooney.
Rooney married his childhood love
Wayne Rooney is married to Coleen Rooney and the couple has three boys. Wayne met Coleen way before his stardom followed him, back when they were both in school. Having met in Liverpool, they got together after Secondary school and ended up tying the knot in 2008 in Italy. Envious? We are.
David Moyes pressed charges on Rooney
It’s interesting that David Moyes has managed Wayne Rooney twice, first at Everton and then at Manchester United. What’s more interesting is that they’ve met in the court, figuratively speaking. Rooney laid allegations that Moyes had leaked private information when the couple was at Liverpool.
This ultimately led to Rooney departing to Manchester United. Later on, however, Rooney took back his statement and paid a hefty fine to David Moyes as part of the settlement after the latter sued the former. Not something we’d like about Wayne Rooney!
About Wayne Rooney’s Food Love
Wayne Rooney was one of the most lethal strikers in his day, often because of his speed and fitness. It is surprising, then, that Rooney is a foodie and loves to gorge on salads, sausages, lettuce, and chips.
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Rooney and Boxing
Wayne Rooney follows boxing a lot and loves a bout once in a while. Coming from a working middle-class family in Liverpool, Rooney’s uncle’s gym exposed him to boxing bouts and he took to the game. Although no professional, he often boxes and celebrated goals boxing the air as well. Mike Tyson is his favorite.
Rooney sleeps with a vacuum cleaner on
Wayne Rooney might have given the best defenders of the World nightmares in their sleep, but he has a strange sleeping habit. He can’t sleep without the sound of a buzzing vacuum cleaner. In case a vacuum cleaner is not available, he uses his wife’s blow dryers instead. Amazing thing about Wayne Rooney?
Rooney was the Most Expensive Teenager
Wayne Rooney made his debut in the top division aged 16 and went on to impress for Everton. However, he ended up losing faith in David Moyes, then Everton’s manager, and asked to be transferred. Manchester United shelled out around 25 million pounds for an 18-year-old. The move was quite controversial at the time, especially because of the fee and also because Rooney was a Liverpool guy who chose to represent the biggest club in Manchester.
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Wayne Rooney loves Gambling
According to Coleen Rooney, Wayne’s wife, Rooney has an issue with his fondness for gambling. Often losing a lot of money, Rooney has resisted gambling once he established himself as a pro athlete. Liked or not this aspect about Wayne Rooney?
England’s and Manchester United’s all-time Highest Scorer
A prolific scoring machine throughout his career, Wayne Rooney has amassed tons of goals for teams he has represented. He holds the record for the highest goals scored for Manchester United and England, with 253 and 52 goals respectively, bettering Bobby Charlton’s records in both the cases. We expect this to stand for a while. Phew!
A liking to Manchester City
Wayne Rooney has provided little respite to the teams he has faced. However, Manchester City stands out on that list. He scored his 50th, 100th and 150th career goals for Manchester United against their bitter rivals Manchester City. Exciting thing about Wayne Rooney?