The leading goal scorer for his country. Narrowly second for his club. Captain for both. An Internet star featuring in an abundance of YouTube videos, demonstrating an unbelievable raw talent. Yet, still not adored by the fans that should worship him.
The career of Wayne Rooney has seen unbelievable heights be reached, as well as suffering tormenting lows, but once the Englishman hangs up his boots will he be remembered as the national hero he should be? Unfortunately, the answer is no, probably not.
Thrusted onto the centre stage at 16-years-old, Rooney was not prepared for the countless eyes that would follow his every movement. Off the field incidents revolving around Rooney’s personal life have cast a tainted image of the Liverpudlian.
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In retaliation, he has since attempted to do as little in the media spotlight after being publicly humiliated on numerous occasions.
This season for Manchester United, the 30-year-old has struggled for form and has received his fair share of criticism. That being said, it is difficult for an engine to run smoothly when the body parts surrounding it appear to be faulty. Even if the emblem does say 'Bentley'.
However, in this turbulent period, Rooney has been exemplary, performing his captain's abilities admirably and producing an inspiring example to his stagnating team-mates. In doing so, he has also begun to recapture his form of late, rediscovering his goalscoring boots with four strikes in as many games.
Scoring at Liverpool will be a huge boost to his confidence in a game that no one needed to remind Rooney how much it meant to the United faithful.
Rooney's goals-to-game ratio against Liverpool is worse than against any other team in the Premier League and scoring the winner justifiably earned the jubilation that erupted in the away stands. Though, it is unlikely we'll see his country ever do the same.
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