Wayne Rooney has joined in on the weekly social media tradition that is ‘Throwback Thursday.’
If you’re not aware, 'Throwback Thursday' is when, on any given Thursday, you post a picture or video of something that happened in the past on social media.
Rooney got involved this week and posted brilliant footage of a sensational goal he once scored. But the strike wasn't when he was a world superstar - it came when he was just 10-years-old.
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Long before he picked up £300,000-per-week for one of the biggest clubs in the world, Rooney was playing grassroots football like the rest of us.
The forward was turning out for Liverpool schoolboys in a game at Anfield when he scored a simply magnificent goal. He showed his strength and skill to beat three defenders before unleashing an unstoppable shot from 20-yards which sailed over the goalkeeper.
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Even at that young age, he looked destined for stardom.
In fact, just six years later he was scoring a similar goal against David Seaman for Everton. Five days before his 17th birthday, Rooney became the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history when his wonder goal against Arsenal meant his name would be known by every football fan in England.
A £25.6 million transfer to United and 14 years later, Rooney’s name is now known around the world. He’s managed 244 goals in 513 appearances for the Old Trafford club as well as becoming England’s record goalscorer.
However, goal scoring is something we may see less and less of from Rooney in the next couple of years. The 30-year-old is currently being deployed as a midfielder by Louis van Gaal and a permanent move there may see Rooney's career extended by a number of years.
Last week, Van Gaal hinted that he wants to keep playing Rooney there following his impressive performances against Crystal Palace and Everton in the FA Cup semi-final.
Van Gaal on Rooney in midfield
“Rooney again was the player who switched the play and I like that very much,” Van Gaal told reporters, per the Daily Mail.
“No player has a fixed position, I use the players where I think they can give a higher contribution in a particular game. It was a midfield role tonight because of the way Crystal Palace were playing.
“I don't want to change (Marcus) Rashford as a striker. We have to look for another position for Wayne. He did that last year (midfield) so it is not something new to me. I am very happy with the way he performed,” he added.
Rooney on playing in midfield
And Rooney appears keen to remain in the midfield role and hopes to emulate a former teammate of his.
"I've known for a few years. I have played there a few times throughout my career and I can play that position,” he said.
"I have played and watched Paul Scholes play that role for years and I always knew that one day that is where I would play, so I have tried to learn and watch what he did.
"It is still early days, but hopefully, if I keep playing there, I can develop and get better,” he added.
Hopefully, Rooney can roll back the years this summer and score a screamer at Euro 2016 like he did 20 years ago for Liverpool schoolboys.
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