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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney retires from professional football

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Rooney confirms retirement to take up post as permanent Derby manager.

Former England and Manchester United star, Wayne Rooney has called it a day on his illustrious playing career to take over as Derby County manager on a permanent basis. Having already been appointed as caretaker manager of the club in November after the departure of Phillip Cocu, the England International finally decided to hang up his boots and take on the job full-time.

The former Red Devil took to social media to announce his retirement from competitive football, saying he “loved every minute” playing the game but can’t wait to see what management has in store for him.

Rooney will undoubtedly go down as one of the PL greats, having spent a mammoth 16 years in the English top-flight with Everton and Manchester United, making 676 appearances in all competitions for both clubs and reaching a remarkable tally of 281 goals.

After spending the majority of his teen years at Everton, Rooney signed for United in 2004 for a transfer fee of £25.6 million, becoming the most expensive teenager in history at the time. Legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson said he was convinced of the potential of the Englishman and knew he was signing the best young striker in the country.

Rooney did not disappoint. The Croxteth-born striker kicked on and achieved great things at United, winning five PL titles, The FA Cup, The Champions League, 4 League Cups, and a Club World Cup in his time with the Red Devils. He became the club’s all-time leading goal scorer at 253 goals, surpassing the great Sir Bobby Charlton, and permanently etched his name in United folklore.

The 35-year old has a prolific record with his country as well. Making his debut in February 2003, Rooney has 120 England caps to his name and is their leading all-time goal scorer with 53 goals, having led the line alongside fellow superstars of English football such as Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Ashley Cole, and Owen over the years.

Be it the landmark 2008 Champions League win with a star-studded United team, the remarkable bicycle kick in the Manchester Derby, his goal for Everton of the halfway line against West Londoners West Ham, or his iconic red cards for causing trouble, Rooney always has been a joy to watch on the pitch.

His playing legacy will forever be remembered by fans worldwide, a leading marksman and an iconic no. 10 who always played with passion, aggression, and his body on the line. A true legend of the game.

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