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Wayne Rooney Wayne Mark Rooney was born October 24, 1985 in Croxteth, a suburb of Liverpool, to Jeanette and Wayne Rooney, Sr. – two Everton supporters who raised all three of their sons to be fanatical fans of the local soccer team.

Wayne decorated his room in the family's council flat with Everton posters and was even the Everton mascot at a Merseyside derby when he was 12. One of Wayne's younger brothers, John, is following him on to Everton.

Rooney had a poor childhood on the city streets, but he lived to play soccer for the local boys' club, Copplehouse, in the Walton and Kirkdale Junior League. At nine years old, he was spotted by Everton scout Bob Pendleton and eventually recruited to the Everton Academy. He made his football Premier League debut in August of 2002 against Tottenham. In October, the 16 year old Rooney earned his first goal and a victory (2 - 1) for Everton in the last minute of a tight game against Arsenal. His outstanding skills earned him the honor of BBC Sports Personality of the Year Young Personality in 2002.

Roo-mania had begun...

His performance on the soccer field drew attention from other premiership teams. Though Rooney's boyhood dream was to play for Everton, a record setting six-year deal worth $48.3 million (£30 million - initially £23 million with an additional £7 million possible coming from appearances and performances) convinced him that the time had come to trade the Everton blue for the Manchester United red.

He was signed by Manchester United on the last day of August the transfer deadline day, 2004 – just under two months before his 19th birthday.

Flickr - tpower1978 - UEFA Champions League (1)

Since bursting upon the football scene in the early 2000's, he has won the Premier League three times, the 200708 UEFA Champions League and two League Cups.

He has also been awarded the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year in 200910. He was a star player at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In April 2012, Rooney scored his 180th goal, making him Manchester United's fourth-highest goal-scorer of all time, and continues to intimidate opponents and wow crowds with legendary bicycle kick goals.

On the personal side, Wayne married childhood sweetheart Colleen McCloughlin on June 12, 2008 after six years of dating. The couple have two sons, Kai Wayne Rooney born in 2009 and Klay Anthony Rooney born in 2013.


also see -> David Beckham | Cristiano Ronaldo

More about Wayne Rooney around the Web:

 

Manchester United - Wayne Rooney - The official team site with news and updates, personal profile, photos and videos - including a video of the amazing debut hat trick.

Wayne Rooney - Wikipedia - The complete biography, photo, related links.

 

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