As Wayne Rooney departed from Manchester United after 13 glittering years, tributes from his teammates, past and current, flooded social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
United midfielder Ander Herrera uploaded an image of the duo on Instagram with the caption: “One day I will be able to tell my grandkids I played with you. All the best and thank you @waynerooney #FarewellToALegend.”
Jesse Lingard, a United academy product and currently a regular in the senior squad, too uploaded a post with the caption: “All the best in your new chapter of your legendary career! Been an absolute pleasure and learnt so much @waynerooney #legend.”
Marcus Rashford, another United academy product and currently on tour with the senior team in the USA, posted a picture on Instagram of the two celebrating a goal with the caption “What a player and a person people only dream of doing what he has done! All the best @waynerooney.”
United centre-back Chris Smalling uploaded a series of images with the caption: “Proud to have played alongside you as well as call you a friend. Not many players will ever be able to achieve what you have, truly one of a kind! #legend #leader Wayne Rooney.”
Former United right-back Gary Neville tweeted: “All the best @WayneRooney and congratulations on a great United career. The best Striker I played with and saw at the club.”
Having signed for United in 2004 as a fresh-faced 18-year-old for a fee of £30 million, Rooney went on to make over 550 appearances for the Red Devils as he banged in 253 goals to top the club’s all-time scoring charts.
The 31-year-old won the Premier League five times, the League Cup thrice and the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup once besides winning innumerable individual accolades as he established himself as one of the world’s best strikers during his peak.