Rooney retires: How United legends are reacting
The enormous success of Wayne Rooney’s playing career has been reflected by the incredible number of tributes that have been posted by legends of Manchester United and football.
The all-time leading scorer for club and country announced on Friday that he had retired from the game with immediate effect, to take up the full-time position as Derby County manager.
“I've had a great career and enjoyed every minute,” said Rooney. “Of course, I will miss it but I've been very fortunate to play for some massive teams. Playing for Everton was a boyhood dream of mine and then to go and play for 13 years at United was the highlight. To stay at the biggest club in the world for so long and win so many trophies is something I'll always appreciate.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told us: “It is great news for Wayne and I really wish him all the best. I think he’s got everything going for him to be a good manager. He’s had a very good career, he’s got a very good personality and he wants to have success. He’s played under some top managers and I’m sure he’s over the moon at the moment, so congratulations to him.”
Loved every minute of my playing career but excited to get started in management with a great club in @dcfcofficial.— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) January 15, 2021
Thanks for all the messages and best wishes, appreciate them all ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zYABfF9UBx
1/2 ..... Congratulations on a fantastic career Wayne. Won everything at club level, some a few times over, x2 leading goal scoring records for both club and country, which have taken years to break. You should be SO proud of yourself, because we are!! ..... pic.twitter.com/h1r2gCWZbt— Coleen Rooney (@ColeenRoo) January 15, 2021
2/2.......Thank you for letting me be part of it from start to finish.19 years later & 4 kids who have been lucky to witness you playing. We love you!!— Coleen Rooney (@ColeenRoo) January 15, 2021
Good luck in the next chapter of your career as manger, sure you’ll be great, but remember, all you can do is try your best. 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/4LbI0aKr8b
Rooney’s announcement prompted a tidal wave of tributes from former team-mates and that includes many of the current first-team squad, as well as legendary names and familiar faces from our history.
Among many others, Rio Ferdinand said: “I laid eyes on him when he was 16 or 17 years old, after an England game as well, I said to his mum and dad 'make sure he signs for Manchester United' and they looked at me and laughed and probably thought, 'we’ve already done the deal'. And he came! What a player... he’s done it all. What a player, ridiculous. No-one can doubt, world class.”
Robin van Persie wrote: “Congrats on your amazing career my friend. Thank you for the great moments both on and off the pitch. I'll forever remember THAT assist and much more. Wishing you all the best with your next step and I'm sure you'll be a fantastic manager.”
Former team-mate Ander Herrera also posted: “I am proud that I will always be able to say that I played with Wayne Rooney. Happy retirement legend.”
Here, you can catch up on what has been posted…
Captain, Leader, Legend... and now gaffer! pic.twitter.com/GTEYl0KIEq— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) January 15, 2021
The day I got my senior call up I got on the bus and had no idea where to sit. Everyone had their spot. It was daunting. Then I found my spot alongside Wazza, thank you for making me feel so at ease and welcomed @WayneRooney legend ♥️ https://t.co/s2qHRiCYbj— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) January 15, 2021
One of the greatest. Congratulations on your incredible career Wazza. What a player... Good luck on your next chapter 🙌❤️🔴 @ManUtd @WayneRooney pic.twitter.com/SkZP0ccuFr— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) January 15, 2021
I am proud that I will always be able to say that I played with @WayneRooney , happy retirement legend ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/tSgU1CyJOm— Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) January 15, 2021
Congrats on your amazing career my friend @WayneRooney! Thank you for the great moments both on and off the pitch. I'll forever remember THAT assist and much more 😉. Wishing you all the best with your next step and I'm sure you'll be a fantastic manager 👊 pic.twitter.com/hIlfuqlz9C— Robin van Persie (@Persie_Official) January 15, 2021
Wayne Rooney - a true @ManUtd Legend. 🔴— Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) January 15, 2021
One of the greatest, a lovely teammate and a fantastic goal scorer! Happy retirement @WayneRooney, enjoy your career after football and all the best in your life as a manager! 👏♥️ pic.twitter.com/1euhSrWFqh
Happy Retirement Wazza !!! What a journey that was ! 🙌🙌🙌 #mufc #legend #warrior pic.twitter.com/JKOJeB4hoT— Mikael Silvestre (@IamMSilvestre) January 16, 2021
Every Sunday footballers hero - looked like one, played like a world beater! 😂❤️— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 15, 2021
Grateful to have played alongside u.. enjoy your retirement and goodluck for the next chapter 🙏🏾👏🏾💪🏽 @WayneRooney pic.twitter.com/Rzu9J6Y7Z5— Timothy fosu-mensah (@tfosumensah) January 15, 2021
Happy retirement Wazza one of the best I’ve worked with. Enjoy Management..... The man loves a challenge all the best lad @WayneRooney pic.twitter.com/MCesnJNCXx— Mike Phelan (@Mike_Phelan_1) January 15, 2021
Mr Rooney @WayneRooney CONGRATULATIONS on a career that will be hard to equal,let alone beat! You were a headache to play against,a pleasure to watch & as an England fan...... a Great player that became the Greatest goal scorer we’ve ever seen!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/1azhS4ZdEL— Dion Dublin (@DionDublinsDube) January 15, 2021
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Wish I could’ve brought more to the table in the time i played together with this legend.— Memphis Depay (@Memphis) January 15, 2021
Today you retire as a football player but the journey continues.
Coach WR10 it is now.
Wish you all the best Wazza!
LEGENDARY PLAYER!!! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/449TCDKmxr
What An Unbelievable Career. All Time Top Goalscorer for United and England. All the best in your next chapter mate @WayneRooney 🤘🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/cZefYvWbBp— Ashley Young (@youngy18) January 16, 2021
Naturally, for a player of his magnitude and illustrious success, tributes also came from outside of United, as you can see here...
Congrats on your wonderful career, @WayneRooney, and good luck in your next chapter. 🤝 pic.twitter.com/eMyBaxwF3z— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 15, 2021
Congrats on your incredible football career @WayneRooney 🔥⚽👑 You will always be remembered as one of the best in English football history 🏴 Good luck on your new chapter. 👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/q44nrFT9on— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 15, 2021
Congrats on an amazing career @WayneRooney. Been a pleasure to have played alongside you and learnt from you in an @England shirt. All the best in management. 🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/hOc63woHYG— Harry Kane (@HKane) January 15, 2021
💫 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 on a stellar career @WayneRooney and good luck in management.— Olympique de Marseille 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 (@OM_English) January 15, 2021
These pictures dont lie. Listened every single advices and enjoyed every single minute playing with or against you. Nothing but respect for you and your career ❤️🙌🏾 embrace the new one gaffer 👔🤩 @WayneRooney pic.twitter.com/NxElaBWLlL— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) January 15, 2021
What a player one of the best to do it! Absolute legend happy retirement! good luck in management @WayneRooney pic.twitter.com/6SZ8wDCVwm— Anton Ferdinand (@anton_ferdinand) January 15, 2021
"He’s had an incredible career." 👏— England (@England) January 15, 2021
The boss, speaking at tonight's @alzheimerssoc fundraiser, remembers his first meeting with @WayneRooney back in 2003: pic.twitter.com/bgpVnZdOu6
One of our all-time great footballers has retired. It’s never an easy moment for any player but @WayneRooney has enjoyed a truly wonderful career on the field. Here’s hoping he’s successful off the pitch with @dcfcofficial. Well played and good luck. 👍🏻— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) January 15, 2021