Manchester United skipper is having one hell of a year at Old Trafford this season as his participation in the first team has been very limited. His departure from the Theatre of Dreams is quite evident this summer, but his legacy cannot be erased. The 31-year-old achieved what – in Sir Alex Ferguson’s term – cannot be achieved by anyone now.
He became United’s top goalscorer after scoring the equalizer against Stoke City with a brilliant free kick.
His United tenure has had its moments, and in the meanwhile – controversies as well. But the striker was never the one to deny when endorsing a brand. Being one of the most famous personnel in the sport is a responsibility in itself and here are some of the lifestyle facts of the Englishman.
Coca-Cola deal cut short –
Back in 2011, the soft drink company Coca-Cola dropped their ties with the English striker due to his use of foul and abusive language into a pitchside camera. Rooney had been advertising for the brand since 2005, but the bosses at the company decided not to renew his £600,000-a-year contract due to his antics.
It was also reported that the reputation of the company was degrading due to the allegations of Rooney sleeping with other women while his wife was pregnant.
ASDA dropped Rooney –
Back in 2006, the British supermarket retailer ASDA dropped Wayne Rooney as the face of Asda just three months after signing a deal worth £3m, however, his wife Coleen stayed.
The Englishman was dropped majorly due to his poor performance in the World Cup in which he was given his marching orders for stamping Ricardo Carvalho in the quarter-final.
“Coleen, on the other hand, is someone women identify with. She was in the papers every day looking tanned and gorgeous. Asda wasn’t going to let her go,” a source told the Sunday Mirror.
His love for Boxing –
Rooney and Boxing – a match known to every Rooney fan. The striker was picturized in the Samsung ad doing the same and has himself admitted a love for the sport.
Growing up as a kid, Wayne had a part in his heart for Boxing and went to gym with his brothers Paul, Stephen, Liam and Callum.
“I loved it,” Rooney said.
“My uncle ran the gym and there was times me and my cousins would go in and open the gym up and just train, do the pads, bags, sparring, it was great fun.”
“I remember the nights Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis were on in America and it wasn’t on until three in the morning,” he said.
“I would be staying up with my dad and brothers to watch the fight. They are memories you never forget.