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Rooney becomes top goal-scorer of all-time

So a finally a man outshined a legend to become a legend. It was a dream for many to witness the greatest achievement of Wayne Rooney’s career but it came in surpassing the record of Sir Bobby Charlton. A stunning stoppage time free-kick by Rooney made him all-time top goalscorer for Manchester United.

In his 546th United Appearance, Reds’ captain netted his 250th goal and became greatest of being unparalleled by breaking the record of 1966’s World Cup winner of England Sir Bobby Charlton. Though fans were waiting for Rooney’s tally of 250th after leveling his goals with Charlton but at the same time, they are sad over the breaking of a record that has been kept for 43 years.

“The fact is he is 18 and he could spend his entire career at this club,” Alex Ferguson said when an 18-year-old teenager was holding a red devil’s shirt. Four weeks later, Rooney scored a hat-trick in his debut Champions league match. None had the idea he is going to own the greatest record of the greatest club in England. Wayne Rooney, the 31-year-old, United Forward, joined the mighty Manchester United club in 2004.

“To be all-time goal scorer is huge honor”, said the reds’ skipper. It was a hell of a lot. It is a great honor and I am very proud. The players who have played for this club have been world-class. I am proud to play for this club.”

The former record-holder Charlton seems disappointed after losing his record but also delighted that it was Rooney who broke his 249th goals landmark. He said, "We have had some incredible strikers here at Old Trafford and they have scored a lot of goals, but it has been fairly obvious for a while now that Wayne Rooney was going to be the one likeliest to break my record, and now that day has come, I would be lying to say that I'm not disappointed to have lost the record. However, I can honestly say that I'm delighted for Wayne. He deserves his place in the history books.”

"He is a true great for club and country, and it is fitting that he is now the highest goal scorer for both United and England. It has been great to watch him every week since his arrival at Old Trafford in 2004. I was 35 when I retired. Wayne is only 31 and still going strong, so I don't think he's done by a long stretch yet."

United manager Jose Mourinho said: "It's the record of the biggest club in England and one of the biggest in the world. It's a record that belonged, before him, to an amazing legend of English football so Wayne becomes definitely a legend at Manchester United."

Sir Alex Ferguson, former United Boss, who bought Rooney from Everton, added: "It is no mean feat to score so many goals and he breaks a record that has stood for over 40 years. Wayne thoroughly deserves his place in the history books of this great club and I am sure that he will go on to score many more goals."

Rooney has been unrelenting in a variety of roles. In spite of having position centre-forward, Rooney has been involved in 100 assists in Premier League and became 3rd player to do this after Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard. United has seen three titles, one Champions League and 97 goals in his first five seasons. The last eight have seen just two league titles and one FA Cup, but 148 goals for Rooney and at a little better rate. Whatever the surrounding weather, in both good and slightly less good times, his pure passion has been outstanding.

Make no mistake, still with this gusto; Rooney shows he can still be a leader, a master player, for both United and England for another couple of years at least.

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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