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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Since bursting upon the football scene in the early 2000's, he has won the Premier League three times, the 2007–08 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 2009–10.
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.