‘Every time I got into my car and I looked in the rear mirror to see if I was being chased.’ That is a confession Wayne Rooney makes in his autobiography The Way it is. If the former Everton and Manchester United player suffered from any haunting frenzy, that’s understandable. Throughout his career, the English tabloids have always found something criticize the colorful Rooney who rose from Liverpool’s poverty-stricken Croxteth neighborhood to become one of the greatest players England ever knew.
Whenever Rooney considered changing clubs, the tabloids called him a traitor
Whenever Rooney considered changing clubs, English football fans got angy at him and the tabloids called him a traitor and a money-grubber. This is nonsense, according to the analysis Simon Kuper’s makes in his book ‘Men of the ball’. Footballers just want to pursue careers like any other professional and their relationship with clubs is usually more business-like than fans would like to believe. If they see a future at a club, also in a financial sense, they will stay there. If they expect a club to harm their career, then they will leave. This is quite understandable, because if their performance on the field is disapointing one or twice, those clubs will also discharge them without mercy. The impressive club loyalty of some colleagues of Rooney is perhaps not caused by their character, by their lesser qualities.
Allready at nine he was selected to play for Everton and often football experts stood by the sideline applauding when they sa what he had to offer. ‘It’s fully deserved,’ he says in his autobiography.
Rooney knew how good he was.