MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on February 12, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
Every story becomes all the more interesting when the reader is able to co-relate him/herself as the protagonist of the story.
The protagonist need not always be right but eventually is remembered for the good and that is how one would define Wayne Rooney’s legacy.
My tryst with football aka Manchester United started at the age of 10, it was the 2006/07 season that I started following the Premier League religiously tuning in every weekend. Rooney a 21-year-old had just returned from the disappointing World Cup, got onto the pitch like nothing had happened in the summer when all thought hell was to break loose at Old Trafford with Ronaldo. Certain moments are etched in my memory because of the sheer brilliance and passion that Wayne has exhibited during his time, such as the 90th minute goal vs AC Milan at home in ‘07, the red card at Craven Cottage when we lost 2-0 in ‘09, the almost impossible recovery he made after the first leg Quarter Final against Bayern Munich to play at Old Trafford in the 3-2 win ’10, (despite it not being enough), the hat-trick against West Ham in ‘11 in the 4-2 win. Wayne has had his fair share of good and bad moments during his time at the club as well, be it 2010 or 2014, his off-field antics have to this day never left him which eventually goes to prove that Wayne at the end of the day like all of us is human.
Despite everything Wayne stood the test of time at the club and went on to become the club’s greatest goal scorer. Towards the twilight years at the club, Wayne’s performance began to dwindle and his role in the team gradually came to a standstill. Wayne departed in 2017 to Everton his boyhood club as one of the greatest players to have graced Manchester United.
A player that always put the team before himself whether it be in a partnership with Ronaldo, Berbatov and Van Persie or if it was him leading the line-up himself, he played every game like his life depended on it and his aggression was there for the world to see. Passionate, selfless, flawed and above all human is how one would define him and will definitely remember the name Wayne Rooney.