The obsession with Wayne Rooney has subsided since he fled his homeland for DC United, but has he suffered as a victim of unrealistic expectations?
He exploded onto the scene as a 16 year old lad with Everton and looped a sumptuous volley over Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman to announce himself on the main stage. He became an overnight sensation and was instantly being touted to partner Michael Owen in the England National Team.
Rooney carried the weight of the world on his shoulders despite his inexperience and supporters became reliant on him to deliver the goods. He’s one of many to be blamed for the failure of the “golden generation” but 53 international goals is surely far from an unsuccessful return!
It’s worth remembering that Wayne Rooney is the all-time top goalscorer for both Manchester United and England. He’s outscored legends such as Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Ruud Van Nistelrooy at one of the biggest clubs on the globe and broke an international record of 49 goals held by Bobby Charlton for nearly half a century.
This is no ordinary man. Wayne Rooney was a success whether people believe to agree with it or not, he was a phenomenon and although his lifestyle outside football maybe far from exemplary, his performances on the pitch were unquestionable.
So I say it here, Wayne Rooney did fulfil his fullest potential and deserves respect for an extraordinary career. He remained hungry for success and achieved his wildest dreams by collecting 16 major honours at Manchester United, including 5 Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.
Love him or loathe him; Rooney is an all-time great. His record of 346 career goals for club and country speaks volumes of an individual who was destined for greatness from the outset and he’s once again exemplifying his instinctive goalscoring nature away from the scrutinizing eye of the British press at DC United.
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