As Wayne Rooney is set to turn 30 this October, the Manchester United and England forward has come in for a lot of criticism his career.
From needless red-cards in crucial England Internationals, to his private life being scrutinised by the press, Rooney has calmed down a lot in the twilight years of his career.
Every football fan in the UK will remember the impact he made with his first goal back in 2002 at the age of 17 against Arsenal.
Fast forward to 2015 and the Evertonian looks set to top both United’s and England’s all time goal-scoring charts.
This begs the question, is Rooney’s goal scoring ability overshadowed by his other actions, and is he really recognized as one of the world’s top strikers.
It is well known that Rooney has scored some vital goals for both club and country, but why does it seem that his rise up the all-time records chart has gone by almost unnoticed.
He may not be as glamorous as the likes of Messi, Neymar or Luis Suarez, but in his time at United his has collected four Premier league winning medals and at the heart of a very lackluster England side that qualified for the last World Cup.Maybe to be considered among the greats he needs to win one of the ‘bigger’ competitions. With England looking on course to qualify for the Euro’s next year.
Could this be the year for Rooney and England to finally shine on one of football’s grandest stages. As one of the few remaining players of England’s golden era, which saw players like Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes all fail to make the impact England fans craved on the international stage.
This could be the last major tournament for England’s number 10 to show his greatness, rather than be remembered for his mistakes.