He may have fallen from grace this season, but Wayne Rooney can hold his head high for his achievements in club and international football.
Five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, four Community Shields, one Champions League and one Club World Cup are the accolades Rooney has claimed for Manchester United and he has a number of personal honours to go alongside them – most notably the record for England’s highest all-time scorer.
It’s easy to forget that Rooney made his name elsewhere, though, and started his career at Everton where, in 2002, he put his name up in lights with an astonishing winner against Arsenal at Goodison Park – and today is the anniversary of that day.
ON THIS DAY: In 2002, a 16-year-old Wayne Rooney came off the bench to score his first Premier League goal.
90th minute winner vs. Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/BosLexMQSh
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 19, 2016
Everton fans may not have forgiven him though for moving from Merseyside to Manchester, but it’s fair to say the player made the right choice for his career and he’ll go down as, arguably, the greatest ever product from the Toffees’ academy.
Fans of the club will wish he had contributed more to the team though but he managed 15 goals in 67 Premier League appearances before moving to United after starring for England at the European Championship in 2004.