It feels like a lifetime ago since Wayne Rooney was widely regarded as one of the world’s best footballers.
The Manchester United and England captain, who turns 31 next month, was once considered as a genuine contender as one of the world’s top three players alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, Rooney has regressed significantly over recent years and, after being dropped by Jose Mourinho for United’s Premier League win over Leicester City last weekend, now faces a battle to save his Old Trafford career.
Rooney’s decline has been marked on the hugely popular video game, FIFA, who release a ‘card’ for every top-level professional football complete with various stats.
Scroll down to see Rooney’s heartbreaking decline on the game; it might even bring a tear to the eye of United supporters.
FIFA 10 (2009)
Rooney is one of the best players in the game and boasts some impressive stats, including 89 for shooting and 84 for pace.
He even had 87 for dribbling, which is hard to believe when you watch him play these days.
FIFA 11 (2010)
Rooney dropped a mark in 2010 but still had very similar stats.
He began to score a lot more goals with his head around 2010, hence why his ‘Heading’ increased from 73 to 82.
FIFA 12 (2011)
Rooney’s rating climbed two points to 90 after he bagged a joint career-best 34 goals during the 2009-10 campaign.
However, his pace, dribbling and passing stats all dropped.
FIFA 13 (2012)
Rooney scored 16 goals in 40 matches during the 2010-11 season, so EA Sports dropped the forward back down to 89.
His pace dropped to below 80 for the first time.
FIFA 14 (2013)
Despite scoring 34 goals again during the 2011-12 campaign, Rooney dropped down to 87 on FIFA 14.
Still a very respectable rating, though, of course.
FIFA 15 (2014)
Rooney’s stats barely changed between FIFA 14 and FIFA 15 - apart from his ‘defensive’ mark, which dropped by 15 points - but he still lost one mark on his overall rating.
FIFA 16 (2015)
Rooney’s rating stayed the same on FIFA 16, although his pace, shooting and passing all dipped.
FIFA 17 (2016)
Rooney’s pace is now at 71 - there’s a chance it’ll be even lower in the next instalment of the game - while his shooting and dribbling stats have also been reduced.
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