Wayne Rooney finally ended his 13-year association with Manchester United this summer, but his spell at Old Trafford could have ended much sooner.
Back in 2010, then at the peak of his powers, the revered centre-forward submitted a transfer request to Sir Alex Ferguson.
Speculation was rife that Rooney would complete a shock switch to Manchester City and this was backed up by the bookies’ odds.
Rooney was 11-8 to join United’s local rivals, 5/2 to sign for Chelsea, 3/1 Real Madrid and 20/1 either AC Milan or Inter.
However, just a few days later the England international completed a dramatic U-turn and ended up putting pen to paper on a lucrative new five-year contract with the Red Devils.
Rooney later described his decision to submit a formal transfer request as the “biggest mistake of my football career” and remained with the Premier League giants until July 9 of this summer, sealing a dream return to his boyhood club Everton.
You wouldn’t have got brilliant odds on Rooney returning to Goodison Park this summer, but it was a different story seven years ago.
Man City fan profits thanks to epic bet from 2010
And one Man City fan, who wasn’t convinced by the stories linking Rooney with a move to the Etihad Stadium back in 2010, has profited nicely following the 31-year-old’s move back to Merseyside.
Per the Mirror, Jordon Fawcett placed £20 on Rooney to make Everton his next club after the transfer request saga.
The odds? A cool 100/1.
Jordon lost the betting slip but to BetFred’s credit, they paid out after he showed them a sample of his handwriting.
The return? £2000.
Jordon explains why he made the bet
“I was on a roof working with my uncle, talking football. I decided to put a bet on to wind up Reds fans,” he told the Mirror. "At the time the talk was all about Wayne joining City or Barcelona. I never thought he would join City.
(Image c/o Liverpool Echo).
“I turned the house upside down to find the slip when Wayne did move to Everton - my brother was laughing, but I wasn’t - it was a lot of money! It was my first ever bet, so I remembered it clearly.”
How he plans to spend his winnings
Jordon says he’ll spend his winnings on taking his two sons and his wife-to-be, Roxanne, to Mallorca later this year. How lovely.
“We originally could not afford a honeymoon with the cost of the reception, now with this £2,000 we are probably going to Majorca with our two children. I am over the moon,” he continued.
“I wanted to spend the money on new tools, but there is no chance of that with Roxanne, and we will have a great time.”
BetFred: Only 19 people placed this bet in 2010
Commenting on Jordon’s win, BetFred owner Fred Done said: “It’s amazing that a Red legend like Wayne Rooney going back to his boyhood club is paying for the honeymoon of a loyal City fan. Jordon is one of only 19 people in the country who put a bet on Rooney going to Everton at 100-1.”
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