Wayne Rooney – one of the most iconic players of English football’s modern era – has finally decided to hang up his boots as he moves on to management.
Beginning his career from the blue side of Merseyside, the Englishman burst onto the scene when he signed for Manchester United as the most expensive teenage signing at the time.
It is at Old Trafford where Rooney built his legendary status – winning everything he possibly could at club level and playing with some of the best players to ever grace the Premier League under the mentorship of the great Sir Alex Ferguson.
The England legend had led on the attack of one of the greatest footballing sides in history, scoring over 250 goals for the Red Devils before moving back to Everton as his age caught up. The striker nevertheless continued to play for MLS side DC United and Derby County following his second exit from Goodison Park before finally deciding to permanently retire from professional football.
Congratulations on a magnificent playing career, @WayneRooney
All the best in management pic.twitter.com/SP1ORnzJxV
— Premier League (@premierleague) January 15, 2021
And now, .
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 15, 2021
Captain. Leader. The greatest.@WayneRooney: The Manager
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) January 15, 2021
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) January 15, 2021
This play sums up Wayne Rooney perfectly.
One of a kind pic.twitter.com/QNbHNfWchu
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 15, 2021
First saw Wayne Rooney play for Everton reserves at Old Trafford in 2002, when he tried to score from inside his own half. He was a frigthening force of nature in his teens and early 20. Though never the same player again after Munich 2010, he won everything his talent deserved.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) January 15, 2021
However, the story does not end there for the former United superstar as he was immediately confirmed as the new Derby County manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal. The veteran had taken over coaching duties on an interim basis back in November following the departure of Phillip Cocu and will now continue as the official head coach of the Championship side.
It is truly the end of an era as a player of legendary status – not only at a club but also in world football – steps down.
It is a satisfying conclusion of what was a magnificent career, and the fact that the 35-year-old will continue his career within football right away is a cherry on top as fans will be able to watch him in a new light from now on.