Wayne Rooney is like Marmite; you either love him or hate him. Whatever your standpoint on the Manchester United striker is, you simply have to respect how much he has managed to achieve over the last 15 years.
Since breaking onto the scene as a 16-year- old at Everton, Rooney has matured into a household name across the globe and many believe that he could continue his playing career in either the United States or China at the end of his current contract.
As of November 14 th , Rooney sits second in the list of top goalscorers in Premier League history, with 194 strikes in England’s top flight.
While he is unlikely to catch Alan Shearer’s phenomenal record of 260 goals, Rooney’s impact deserves plenty of recognition, especially when you consider just how central he has been to United’s dominance over the last decade or so.
Since Rooney’s £30 million move to Old Trafford, the Red Devils have won the title on five separate occasions – and England’s all-time record goalscorer at international level has been influential in all five triumphs.
The 31-year- old has stirred up his fair share of controversy at United, reportedly handing in multiple transfer requests but that shouldn’t affect his position as a true Premier League great.
The England man hasn’t had it easy as of late but he will look back at his Old Trafford tenure with great memories of success when he eventually hangs up his boots.
If truth be told, his legacy as a United hero may be in more danger than his Premier League status; especially as he has fallen out of favour with a large section of the Old Trafford faithful.
At the end of the day, the Red Devils fans will always respect Rooney for his service but time is running out on his club career at The Theatre of Dreams…
Ultimately, Rooney will go down as one of the best footballers in the Premier League era and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the United star receive some kind of recognition for his role in promoting England’s top flight.
Although he never quite hit the heights of Cristiano Ronaldo, he has still exceeded all expectations and the former Everton man is now on the verge of becoming United’s all-time record goalscorer.
England legend Sir Bobby Charlton has held the Old Trafford record for so long but Rooney is certainly deserving of surpassing the United legend at the top of the charts.
That being said, the United man appears to be focused on helping Jose Mourinho’s men in their bid to win a first Premier League title since 2013.
In fact, Rooney has turned down the chance to score from the penalty spot on numerous occasions this campaign – a sign that he perhaps isn’t the arrogant and self-obsessed striker that some have branded him.
At the time of writing, United are 25/1 to win the title in Betway’s Premier League odds and a sixth top flight success would only help to cement Rooney’s position as one of the greatest strikers in the modern era.
From that famous volley against Arsenal at Goodison Park to his bicycle kick in the Manchester derby, the United star has raised his game when his side have needed him the most.
Rooney won’t be remembered as one of the greatest players to ever grace the football field but he will certainly be regarded as a Premier League legend. With so many goals, titles and other accomplishments, the Manchester United man has defied the odds to earn his place in the record books.
He may only have another season or two left in him but that is all he needs to overtake Charlton at Old Trafford.