English Premier League: Wayne Rooney Returns Home To Everton

He has won a Champions League, five Premier Leagues, one FA Cup, three League Cups and one FIFA Club World Championship. He has completed the set of major club honors when he lifted the Europa League on his final appearance for Manchester United.

Yet Wayne Rooney claims winning a trophy with his boyhood team and beloved Everton would be the pinnacle of his glorious career.

After 13 years playing for the Red Devils, Rooney is back at Goodison Park. People remember he left for £30 million as an 18-year-old, but the old adage is you can go home again. For him,  landing some silverware would top the lot for his amazing career. Rooney had just signed schoolboy forms with Everton as a nine-year-old when the Blues lifted their last trophy – the FA Cup in 1995 – and says he dreams of ending their long wait for success.

Rooney is confident his dreams of silverware can become reality because of the signings Everton have made this summer. The Blues had already splashed out nearly £100 million on the likes of Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford before landing Rooney for an undisclosed fee.

The striker also knows that as England and United’s record goal-scorer, he will be expected to deliver. One would have to say he will be the Everton talisman for the upcoming season and beyond, and could play in a most vital role in the overall scheme.

Everton were Rooney’s first choice when he decided after the Europa League Final that he needed to quit United to play more regularly. He turned down a big-money move to China which would have made him even more richer than his wildest dreams. He was flattered when both manager Ronald Koeman and chairman Bill Kenwright wanted him to come home.

And so Rooney is back. The circle has been completed, the arc soon to be finished. Once a Blue, again a Blue.

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