Following Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to leave Wayne Rooney out of the starting line-up against Real Madrid, some have began to question his importance and ability on the pitch.

However, with 11 goals and nine assist in 20 top-flight games this season Rooney is either scoring or creating a goal on average every time he plays. His ability should never be questioned. 

In addition to his excellent form this season, Rooney always has been a pivotal player for club and country. Rooney has scored a massive 156 goals in the Premier League for both Manchester United and his boyhood club Everton. At the age of 27 I can't see Rooney not breaking the 200 goal mark before his 30th birthday. 

In total Rooney has 195 goals for Manchester United and 33 goals for England. This meaning that he is well on track to surpass long-standing records set by Sir Bobby Charlton on both levels. This would see his name go down in the history books.

Rooney is only 27 years-old and already has 71 European appearances, 79 international caps and 338 Premier League appearances. For so long he has had to carry the enormous expectation of the  national almost single handedly and in recent years he has had to balance national expectations with carrying the biggest sporting franchise in the world. This is bound to be both mentally and physically exhausting, not many players can do this year in year out. 

Therefore, we as football fans shouldn't be constantly trying to question Rooney's ability, he is one of the most decorated players in the English game! We should just enjoy a master of the game doing what he does best.


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