Wayne Rooney leaves English football to join DC United on two-and-a half-year deal

by Leo Nieboer

Wayne Rooney has left English football 15 years after his senior debut for Everton to join MLS side DC United, the BBC has confirmed.

The Englishman won every possible club trophy at Manchester United in 13 years at the club before joining Everton on a free transfer last summer.

He begun his second spell with the Toffees impressively, only to grow frustrated by the growingly insipid nature of Sam Allardyce’s football at Goodison Park.

And according to the BBC‘s Simon Stone, Rooney has agreed a deal worth around £10m, making him the highest paid DC United player ever, and will complete the move in time for the club’s first game at their new 20,000 capacity stadium on July 14.

He will leave England having conquered the club game in ways players from this country – past and present – can only dream of.

His limp final season at United combined with an ultimately gloomy campaign at Everton masks the sheer unique brilliance of his career, and as such it is worth spelling out what the forward has won since he made his debut for Everton as a 16-year-old.

  • 5 Premier League titles
  • 1 Champions League
  • 1 Europa League
  • 1 FA Cup
  • 1 League Cup
  • 1 FIFA World Club Cup
  • Manchester United’s all time record goalscorer (253)
  • England’s all time record goalscorer (53)


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