Wayne Rooney has written his name in Manchester United’s illustrious history by becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, a record that has stood for 44 years.
The 31-year-old broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record with a stunning stoppage time free-kick in Saturday’s Premier League encounter against Stoke City, having previously surpassed the United’s legend’s tally for England.
In his post match interview Wayne explained how he was honoured by his achievement of reaching 250 goals for United but confessed it was tinged with frustration after the dominant Reds only took one point from the game.
“It’s a proud moment for me and a huge honour to become Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer. I’d like to thank all the staff and teammates who have helped me get to 250 goals, and a special thanks to the fans for their support along the way. It’s just a bit dampened by the result and only getting one point from the game.”
A host of managers and players of the club, both past and present, congratulated Wayne on the record-breaking moment. Sir Alex Ferguson who signed Wayne in 2004 said: “I would like to say huge congratulations to Wayne on reaching this milestone. It is no mean feat to score so many goals and he breaks a record that has stood for over 40 years.”
Sir Bobby Charlton, who held the record for 44 years also commented: “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.”