Video of all Wayne Rooney's Everton goals reminds us how exciting he used to be

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Much has been made recently of Wayne Rooney's fall from grace. He's looked off the pace and like a shell of the player he used to be as both United and England struggle to recapture their best form.

Having spent the bulk of a successful career at Old Trafford, news broke this week that the striker-cum-midfielder could be about to see out his last days in the United States as new franchise LAFC look to bring him to the west coast.

And now, at the age of 31, Rooney has officially entered the twilight of his career, with a big number of fans and pundits alike all claiming that he is past his best.

And while that may be the case now, it wasn't that long ago that he was a prodigiously talented teenager breaking onto the scene at Everton.

Making his debut as a 16-year-old during the 2002/03 season, the young striker made a name for himself with a series of blockbusting performances leading him to eventually make a total of 77 appearances across all competitions.

And while he may not have been prolific during his spell with his boyhood club, he did manage to notch himself 17 rather impressive strikes before making the move to Old Trafford for £25.6 million in 2004.

That's not to say that he hasn't hit his fare share of incredible goals for club and country since, but thanks to Everton fan account @evertonfcpics we're able to see all of his early efforts in one place.

Of course, Rooney hasn't been short of goals during his career, having scored a total of 264 of them (including an additional 53 for England), but watching these certainly brings back memories of how exciting he once was.

At that age he seemed destined to be the greatest player that the country had produced in a long time.

And in many ways, he was. He's now the country's record leading scorer, and his time playing under Sir Alex Ferguson has ensured that he's not been short a trophy or two, but seeing his sharp decline now puts everything into perspective.

It seems that you can't stay at the top forever.

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