Wayne Mark Rooney, born on the 24th of October 1985, is a prominent English footballer.
Born in the Fazakerley Hospital in Liverpool, Merseyside, the boy wonder graduated from the youth academy of Everton, a local club with to which would pledge as well as break an allegiance.
He made his premier league debut for Everton in 2002, and became the youngest goal scorer in the English top flight, five days before he turned seventeen. The scorcher against the Gunners is remembered as one of the forward?s best. James Milner, and James Vaughn later surpassed the record. Even though it is not the current record, an accomplishment of this magnitude is surely worthy of remembrance.
The 2003/04 season saw the youngster become career oriented, when he spotted the incapability of his mother club to secure a European Cup spot. After a transfer request, the Toffees response was to let go of the future star for nothing less than ?50 million, and proceeded to offer him a new contract at the club. Needless to say, the offer was promptly rejected, and this led to a bidding war between Newcastle and Manchester United to procure the services of the player in question.
At one point it was rumoured that the Toon was to be the destination, for a fee of around ?18.5 million, but it was to be the Red Devils who would go on to get the signature of the Englishman for a price of ?31 million. This is one of the most expensive transfers for a player in his teenage years.
At Man United, Rooney has gone on to become a star player, with a formidable number of appearances and goals. His international career has gone well so far, with the striker showing great grit and determination in his recovery race to be fit and play in the 2006 World Cup.
As Rooney goes from strength to strength, it is to be seen as to how well the sun shines on this strong lad that currently calls Old Trafford home.