As it seemed inevitable as Wayne Rooney was chasing England’s goal scoring record he finally broke Charlton’s previous record of 49 goals. If you have a few free bets available in your online sports book account, you might want to invest one or two of your free bets on Manchester United in the Premier League. Why? Well, it would seem that superstar forward and team captain Wayne Rooney is playing at his highest level yet again.
Rooney Breaks England’s All-Time Scoring Record
Throughout his storied career, Rooney has compiled an amazing list of firsts. That said, September 8, 2015 is sure to live large in his mind and in the minds of football fans for many years to come.
In a Group E qualifying match versus Switzerland for the 2016 Euro Event, Rooney blasted a penalty shot past Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer to record the 50th international goal of his career. It also made him the all-time leading goal-scorer in the history of England’s national team. The goal broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49, which stood for 45 years. By way of comparison, Charlton’s 49 international goals (106 matches) were recorded over 13 seasons with the national team.
Ironically, this is Rooney’s 13th year (107 matches) playing with The Three Lions. It is noteworthy that Rooney’s record tying 49th goal was also scored on a penalty kick.
The Storied Career
The 29-year-old Rooney was destined to be a football star from the very beginning. At age nine, he was placed on the youth football squad in the Everton organisation. He played his way up the ranks and made his professional debut in 2002 at the age of 16. It didn’t take long for him to be noticed by England’s national team coaches as he was added to the roster the very next year at the age of 17 after an amazing first year with the Everton squad.
In his very first year of international play (2003), he became the youngest goalscorer in England’s history. In 2004, Manchester United wanted the man playing for them. They bought his contract for £25.6 million deal, making this the largest amount ever paid in the Premiere League for a player under the age of 20-years-old.
In 344 appearances with The Red Devils, he has scored 170 goals with at least another two years to go. In 33 FIFA World Cup appearances, he has added another 19 goals, which are part of his record-breaking 50 goals. As of now, it is assumed Rooney will be part of the 2018 World Cup team.
Awards and Achievements
One of the biggest disappointments in Rooney’s marvellous career in the lack of a FIFA World Cup Championship. Any discussions about him being the greatest football player in English history seems to require him attaining that goal whether fair or not.
With that issue set aside, Rooney has many achievements that make him a superstar player for the ages. Arguably, he is also one of the most popular English athletes of all time.
His awards and achievements include:
- Five Premiere League Championships (2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13)
- One FIFA Club World Cup (2008)
- Football Writers’ Player of the Year (2009–10)
- Premier League Player of the Season (2009–10)
- Three-time England Player of the Year (2008, 2009, 2014)