Tribute from supporters around the world for ‘genius’ Rooney after the retirement announcement

Tributes poured in from fans around the world after Wayne Rooney announced he was retiring to become a manager.

The 35-year-old has permanently taken over the relegation-threatened championship side Derby County after becoming their interim boss earlier this season.

But the decision meant that the former attacker had to end his 19-year career as a player in which he became Manchester United and England’s record scorer and won numerous club trophies.

Tributes poured in for Wayne Rooney after the former Manchester United striker announced he was retiring

Tributes poured in for Wayne Rooney after the former Manchester United striker announced he was retiring

Tributes poured in for Wayne Rooney after the former Manchester United striker announced he was retiring

Fans reminisced about his best moments, including his 2011 bicycle kick against Man City

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One supporter gushed in his praise, saying: ‘This is more than an amazing thing … Wayne Rooney is a genius player. I have no more words to describe him, he is more than just a legend. ‘

One supporter praised him as Sir Alex Ferguson’s standout player at Manchester United between 2008 and 2013, adding: ‘It’s hard to put into words how good @WayneRooney was.

The statistics speak for themselves, but at United’s peak under SAF, he was * the * standout player. Sacrificed much of his game for the team and still put the numbers in. Happy retirement. ‘

Others had specific memories that came to mind after Rooney’s announcement that he was hanging his boots.

Some were impressed by his United debut when he scored a hat-trick against Fenerbahce

One thought of his Man United debut against Fenerbahce, when he scored a hat-trick and was assisted in a 6-2 Champions League victory for the club in September 2004.

“Wayne Rooney will rank as one of the greatest players of all time, and one of my favorites,” said the user. ‘I remember seeing his United debut against Fenerbache and was just in awe.

‘What a talent and what a career. Have fun retiring Wayne! ‘

Another fan was just as effusive in his praise, but recalled the moment when he lit the international stage at Euro 2004, scoring four brilliant goals for England at the age of 18.

The user wrote: ‘Wayne Rooney is the best English footballer I’ve ever seen.

Undoubtedly a legend of this game. I just understand how old I will be when he retires now. He was my hero in Euro 2004. Brilliant career. Good luck with your managerial career. ‘

Another, however, recounted perhaps Rooney’s most famous peak moment, when he scored a fantastic acrobatic bicycle kick from Nani’s cross to score the winning goal in the Manchester derby in February 2011.

Many remembered relieving Euro 2004 with four goals for England at the tournament

“Best player I’ve ever seen in the Premier League, one of my favorite players to watch growing up,” wrote the user, a Tottenham fan.

The goal against City was immense, even I celebrated it. All the best to Rooney in Derby! ‘

Another said what many felt more generally about the player, writing: “Wayne Rooney is the most underrated player in Premier League history and nothing will ever change your mind.”

Meanwhile, another said, ‘Wayne Rooney’s retirement has really made me so emotional. My favorite Man Utd player ever. It feels like I was watching him at his peak every week yesterday. ‘

Some went even further, believing he could have accomplished even more had Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo not appear on the world stage at the same time as Rooney.

One said: ‘Wayne Rooney had the unfortunate fate of reaching a peak in the same era as two aliens named Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, otherwise people would unilaterally agree, without a doubt, one day that he is the best footballer in the world is. world.’

Some have argued that he could have become the best in the world had former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo (above) and Lionel Messi not been there at the same time.

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