Wayne Mark Rooney is a thirty-seven-year-old English professional football manager of EFL Championship club Birmingham City. He is also a former player and was considered one of the best most popular players of his era. Rooney is the record goalscorer for Manchester United, and from 2015 to 2023 has previously been the record goalscorer for the England National Team.
Awards and Achievements:
As a nine-year-old kid he joined the Everton youth team and debuted for the same club at the age of sixteen back in 2002. He spent two seasons at the Merseyside club before moving to Manchester United for £25.6 million. In 2004, he won 16 trophies including the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, League Cup, UEFA Europa League, and FIFA Club World Cup. Rooney became the only English player, alongside teammate Michael Carrick, to win these many trophies. He is the United Club’s top goalscorer of all time in all competitions. Apart from that his impressive achievements include winning the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards for the 2009 to 2010 season, and he has won the Premier League Player of the Month award five times throughout his career. In 2011, he came fifth in the vote for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or, and he was named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI. He won the Goal of the Season award by the BBC's Match of the Day poll three times, and the very same year his bicycle kick against city rivals Manchester City won the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards Best Goal award. He has won the England Player of the Year award four times, in 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015. At the age of 17, he played at UEFA Euro 2004 and scored four goals, briefly becoming the youngest goalscorer in the history of the European Championship.
He is married to Coleen Mary Rooney who is a former television personality. They have four children together. Kai who’s 13, Klay who’s 10, Kit who’s seven, and Cass who’s five. In Colleen’s TV show Disney+ documentary Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story, she revealed that her husband got a vasectomy after 2018. This was when their son Cass was born. The couple discussed how their family was now complete.“I always thought I’d have a few kids, maybe three at the most,” she said. “And then number four came along and we knew our family was complete. Then me and Wayne talked about him having a vasectomy so he said, ‘After this baby, we’re not having any more.’ And Wayne went in and got snip. So I knew for sure we wouldn’t have any more children.” continued Coleen.
Rebekah and Coleen Drama:
The three-part documentary series gave us more insight into the Coleen Rebekah drama. A fake screenshot from Coleen's private account story was leaked to the press which indicated that the couple was trying for a baby girl through gender selection. Coleen thought it was Rebekah and won the court case against her in 2022.
Over the years, Wayne has got himself into situations where it’s caused bad press attention. Some mistakes are harder to forgive than others. I know Wayne as a person and I know his qualities, I know his downfalls. There are moments when I think I don’t know him, when he’s been drinking, and that’s when he’s a totally different person.” said Coleen. The couple has faced ups and downs with their marriage and resolved the issues that were causing problems between them. Wayne has openly spoken about his alcohol addiction and mental health over the past two years. He confessed to having dark thoughts of un-aliving himself "Ten, 15 years ago, I couldn't go into a dressing room and say 'I'm struggling with alcohol, I'm struggling mental health-wise'," he said. "I couldn't do that. That could have been girls, it could have been drink-driving, which I've done, it could have been killing someone - you could kill yourself - and that's a bad place to be.” he added. "I knew I needed help, to save myself but also to save my family." Wayne thinks speaking about mental health especially among young men is really important. Talking about your emotions and expressing them is a sign of bravery not weakness. "I've spoken to people. It helped. You let your feelings out. I didn't do that - I held them in and then it built up." He encourages people to be not scared to ask for help when needed and not assume that they are alone in a situation.