Wayne Rooney: All you need to know about the retired footballer turned coach


    Wayne Rooney is one of the finest Englishman to ever play the round leather game and he carried that special touch from the start of his professional career until he retired from professional football on 15 January 2021.

    You can not talk about the amazing football career of the 35-year-old former England international without talking about the 13 glorious years he spent at Manchester United.

    Recall that Wayne Rooney started his professional football career at Everton, his childhood club. After two years at the club, he made that historic move to Manchester United for £25.6 million in the 2004 summer transfer window.

    While at Manchester United under the tutelage of the legendary coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, he became one of the most talked-about Red devils players in the history of the club. He never failed to give the media what to talk about both on and off the field.

    Besides such a controversial figure he was, the iconic figure of Wayne Rooney stood tall at Manchester United throughout his time at Old Trafford. Little wonder that his controversial nature didn’t stop him from making 559 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United.

    In those games, Wayne Rooney scored a total of 253 goals and made 146 assists which made him Manchester United’s all-time highest goalscorer and the Premier League third assists provider of all time.

    More so, before Wayne Rooney started winding down his football career, he became the first player in the Premier League to score 183 league goals for a single club. The goals also made him the league’s second-top scorer of all time.

    And before he left Manchester United where he had the best of his football career, Rooney won 16 trophies which included 5 Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League, one Europa League, and one Fifa Club World Cup.

    Wayne Rooney Derby County

    Wayne Rooney: All you need to know about the retired footballer turned coach

    Wayne Rooney joined Championship side Derby County from Major League Soccer club, DC United on January 1, 2020, for a transfer fee which was not made known.

    He spent the remaining part of the 2019-2020 season playing for the Championship club and couldn’t help them to gain promotion to the Premier League.

    Before the season ended, Rooney managed to score only 5 goals and provided 3 assists in 20 appearances in all competitions which were only enough to keep Derby in the second tier of English club football.

    He continued to play for the Championship side in the 2020-2021 season and made a total of 10 appearances and scored just a goal before he was appointed as one of the four-man interim managers of Derby County when the club sacked coach Phillip Cocu.

    Wayne Rooney Retirement

    Wayne Rooney: All you need to know about the retired footballer turned coach

    As stated earlier, Wayne Rooney retired from professional football on 15 January 2021 while at Derby County. He was 35-year-old when he announced his retirement from football as a player.

    At that point, the former England international has been made a player-manager of Derby County after the club sacked coach Phillip Cocu due to a poor run of games. Recall that Rooney left Major League Soccer club, DC United in the summer of 2020 to join Derby County after spending two years in the United States.

    He joined the Championship side as a player and has made about 11 appearances in all competitions before he replaced Cocu as part of a four-man interim coaching crew.

    On 26 November 2020, Derby County announced that Wayne Rooney has taken over as the sole manager of the club. After the announcement, Rooney removed himself from the club’s squad.

    A few weeks later, the club made the English tactician the club’s permanent coach which prompted him to retire from playing professional football.

    Before now, he has retired from international football after representing the England national football team between 2003 and 2018. To date, he remains the youngest player to score in a European Championship after recording 4 goals in the 2004 edition of the competition.

    He retired from the national team with 53 goals in 120 appearances which made him England’s all-time highest goalscorer and second-most-capped player, behind Peter Shilton.

    Wayne Rooney Derby Manager

    Wayne Rooney: All you need to know about the retired footballer turned coach

    As stated earlier, Wayne Rooney joined the coaching crew of Derby County after the sacking of Cocu and he was made the sole manager of the club on November 26.

    Since he became the sole manager of the club, he has led Derby County to 12 competitive matches. In those matches, the club recorded 4 wins, 4 draws, and 4 defeats.

    These stats were good enough for the board of the club, hence, Wayne Rooney was made the permanent coach of the club before their league match against Bournemouth which Derby won 1-0 on Tuesday, January 19.

    Wayne Rooney’s wife – Coleen

    Wayne Rooney is married to Coleen Rooney who he has been dating since they were in secondary school. They got wedded on June 12, 2008.

    During the luxurious wedding ceremony, Coleen surprised Rooney by inviting the player’s favorite music band, Stereophonics, to perform at the wedding reception. While the couple’s favorite pop band, West Life performed during the wedding ceremony

    Rooney and Coleen have four children together. Their first child is Kai Wayne born 2 November 2009. Their other children are Klay Anthony (born 21 May 2013), Kit Joseph (born 24 January 2016), and Cass Mac (born 15 February 2018).

    Wayne Rooney’s son Kai

    Wayne Rooney and his son, Kai when Rooney was still at Manchester United.
    Wayne Rooney and his son, Kai when Rooney was still at Manchester United.

    Wayne Rooney’s son Kai Wayne is the footballer’s first child born on 2 November 2009. The 11-year-old boy made the news recently when it was announced that his father’s former club, Manchester United have offered the youngster a youth-team contract.

    The move is seen as a similar move Rooney made during his professional football career because Kai started his football development at Everton’s football academy just like his father.

    Recall that Rooney joined Everton’s youth team when he was 9-year-old, and remained at the club until he became a professional footballer when he was just 16-year-old. After two years as a professional football star at the club, he moved to Manchester United where he had a beautiful 13-year football career.

    So, Kai is expected to establish himself at the club just like his father but has to start from the club’s youth system, unlike his father.

    Wayne Rooney’s Net Worth

    Wayne Rooney’s Net Worth according to viral reports is estimated to be £115 million. He makes his money mostly from football-related deals, football contracts, endorsements, and investments.

    His net worth started growing when he left Everton in 2004 to join Manchester United. After establishing himself at United, he reportedly earned about £300,000-per-week at the later stage of his stay at the club.

    His finance suffered a massive drop in 2017 when he decided to accept a pay cut to join Everton. When he returned to his childhood club, he reportedly earned as low as £150,000-per-week.

    While in the MLS, he reportedly earned as low as £2.6 million-per-year as a player of DC United. He has been earning the same amount at Derby County since he joined the Championship club in January 2020.

    Wayne Rooney has a series of endorsement deals with international brands which include Nike worth £1 million-per-year, Harper Collins, EA Sports, and Coca-Cola – worth over £2.5 million-per-year. As of the time of publishing this report, it has not been confirmed whether the deals were still active or not. But that of Coca-Cola has been terminated long before he left the Premier League in 2018.

    Wayne Rooney’s properties

    Aside from football and family, one thing Wayne Rooney loves so much is real estate. He has a couple of mansions scattered in the United Kingdom and abroad.

    One of the most prominent mansions of his is the Barbados villa, located in the United States which is reportedly worth £5 million. He rents the mansion for about £25,000 a week.

    Wayne Rooney's Barbados villa.
    Wayne Rooney’s Barbados villa.

    Besides that, Wayne Rooney owns a £320,000 waterfront apartment in the Sunshine State, £450,000 detached home in Liverpool where his parents live.

    Wayne Rooney’s most expensive mansion is his new mansion which sits on a 40-acre plot in Cheshire, United Kingdom. The mansion is reportedly worth £20 million.

    Wayne Rooney's Cheshire mansion.
    Wayne Rooney’s Cheshire mansion.

    Besides the fact that Wayne Rooney is a lover of real estate, he has shown over the years that he loves cars. Some of the cars that are associated with him include: BMW I8, Bentley Continental GT, Ford Sportka, Aston Martin Vanquish, and Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Lp560-4


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