Wayne Rooney will join a slew of celebrities tonight for ITV’s annual charity event, Soccer Aid. Wayne will play his beloved sport alongside Britons Olly Murs, James Arthur, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Paddy McGuinness, and Jamie Redknapp, among others.
This makes the former striker one of the world’s richest football stars.
It comes as no surprise as the Liverpool-born remains England’s all-time leading goalscorer.
But his current luxurious lifestyle is far from his modest childhood, growing up in Merseyside’s Croxteth.
Wayne has two younger brothers, Graham and John, and his family supported Everton.
At age 9, Wayne joined his beloved club after beginning to play football almost as soon as he could walk.
He was even the Everton mascot for the Merseyside derby against Liverpool as an 11-year-old.
By the time he was 15, Wayne was playing for the under-19s and scored eight goals in eight games during Everton’s run to the FA Youth Cup Final in 2002.
Also in 2002, when he was 16, Wayne debuted for Everton’s first team, beginning his career at the club with flair as he assisted a goal scored by Mark Pembridge against Tottenham Hotspur.
Two years later, Wayne was offered a £20million deal to sign for Manchester United.
At only 18, he made his debut for the Red Devils under the managership of Sir Alex Ferguson.
During his first game, a UEFA Champions League match against Fenerbahçe, he scored a hat-trick – making him the youngest ever player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League.
More victories would follow, including scoring two goals for his winning team during the 2006 Football League Final.
Wayne won a total of 13 trophies with Manchester United and was given the Golden Boot in 2017 to acknowledge him becoming the club’s all-time leading goal scorer.
He left the Red Devils in 2017 and joined Everton, playing for his former team for less than a year before signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with D.C. United of Major League Soccer in the US.
However, the 35-year-old decided to leave the club in 2019 and became a player-coach at EFL Championship side Derby County in England.
On January 15, 2021, Wayne retired from professional football and became Derby County’s manager.
In his personal life, Wayne married fellow Liverpudlian Coleen in 2008.
The couple have four sons and live in a huge mansion in Cheshire.