Wayne Rooney is no longer a Manchester United player after leaving Old Trafford for Everton on Sunday and it still feels strange.
The England captain ended his 13-year association with the Red Devils because he wanted to play week in, week out - even though it meant taking a hefty pay cut - and fair play to him for that.
Despite interest from other clubs, both in England and abroad, a return to Goodison Park made sense for the boyhood Evertonian.
"I'm not just coming back because it's the team I support, the team I grew up playing for - I'm coming back because I feel the club can move forward and be successful," Rooney was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
"I want to be part of it. There will be pressure on me to perform, but I'm ready to go. I believe I can help move this club forward and be more successful on the pitch."
Patrice Evra pays funny tribute to Rooney on Instagram
Following Rooney’s return to Everton, tributes from the striker’s current and former teammates flooded in via social media.
Patrice Evra is the latest player to join in with the tributes - and it’ll come as no surprise to anyone that his Instagram post to Rooney is typically hilarious.
“Dear Wazza @waynerooney I know you are not impressed with my breathe in that picture...😅 but this isn't the subject of my message 🙏🏼“ Evra wrote. “I would just like to say thank you for all the years we spent together, we won many trophies together.💪🔥👌
“You are a legend for Manchester United and I hope all the fans will always remember you for that. As a person I am better than you because even your wife @coleen_rooney said I make her smile a lot with my crazy videos so I'm still waiting for the thanks 😏😏
“Between me and you, I know your dad will be the most happy Everton fan, so well done to make people really happy❤️❤️❤️I love this game ahahahah #ilovethisgame#legend @manchesterunited @everton #love #manchesterunited”
Even John Terry liked it
Evra’s tribute is so good that even former Chelsea captain John Terry gave the post a cheeky like.
Rio Ferdinand adds a comment
Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, made a very good point in the comments.
It’s impossible not to love Evra, one of football’s genuine good guys.
And we’re sure Rooney will appreciate his former teammate’s kind - if not bizarre - words.News Now - Sport News