Rooney threatens to surpass Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record
He dashes onto the through ball, before expertly smashing the ball past the hapless Turk. Within minutes, he had bagged his second, taking a touch before burying an exquisite strike into the far corner of the net.
Within ten minutes of the re-start, the dream had debut had been completed, as the young Scouser buried a 25 yard free-kick. September 28 2004. A star was well and truly born.
Since that fateful night in Manchester, when Wayne Rooney made the perfect start to his Mancunian career in ravishing fashion, the boy has gone from strength to strength, and is now regarded as one of the best footballers on the planet.
At just 26, Rooney has found the net a further 173 times for the club, since taking apart that Fenerbahce back line.
Only five players have scored more goals in the colors of this great club than him, including football icons George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton, who sits atop with 249 goals.
It is testimony to Rooney’s lightspeed progress that he can claim to have scored more goals than the likes of Mark Hughes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy.
While we often hear the same banal line from proven goalscorers about valuing medals over their own personal tallies, the lad from Liverpool must surely be salivating at the thought of overtaking the great Bobby as Man United’s top goalscorer of all time.
For Real Madrid, Raul can claim that honor with 323 strikes. At Barcelona, Lionel Messi has recently had that crown bestowed upon him. For Juventus, Alessandro del Piero sits atop with 285 strikes.
Within two or three years, Rooney might be able to join their club of being crowned top goalscorer ever for one of the greatest clubs to ever exist.
The 25 yard thunderbolt against Newcastle in the spring of 2005. That last-minute cracker against the Milanese in the 07 Champions League semi-finals. The sumptuous hat-trick against the Gunners in August of last year.
Wayne Rooney has lit up the Premier League with his incredible goalscoring form over the years. While it is true that he has had his droughts, including a prolonged dry spell in 2006, and most notoriously the autumn of 2010, the statistics speak for themselves.
Little did we know in September 04, that we were quite possibly witnessing the birth of Manchester United’s greatest goalscorer of all time.
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