In an exclusive 60 second challenge posted on his Facebook page today, Wayne has revealed the greatest players he has faced and played with in his career, provided a snapshot of his life away from football and given Ed Sheeran his thoughts on the offside rule.
Answering quick-fire questions from a collection of his 26 million Facebook fans, the Manchester United and England star ranks Zinedine Zidane as the greatest footballer he has played against, and John Terry the toughest defender.
Diego Maradona is Rooney’s all-time favourite player and Cristiano Ronaldo is the best footballer that he has played alongside.
Rooney’s also shares his favourite ever – that spectacular overhead kick against Manchester City in 2011.
While the majority of questions came from Rooney’s Facebook fans, a special request came from music pal Ed Sheeran – who was famously filmed singing with the England captain in November. Sheeran joined the session with a video question asking Rooney to explain the offside rule in one word; to which the striker replied – after some deliberation – “impossible!”
Other behind-the-scenes scoops from inside the United camp reveal that Ashley Young is the funniest squad member and Angel Di Maria the quickest. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Rooney names David Beckham as the best free-kick taker he’s ever played alongside.
There is good news for England fans too, with Rooney declaring that his favourite word is ‘goal’. It’s a timely admission from the captain, who is just three strikes away from drawing level with Sir Bobby Charlton as his country’s all-time leading goal scorer as he prepares to lead the side against Lithuania next month.
Off the pitch, Rooney names the Stereophonics and Denzel Washington as his favourite band and actor respectively, whilst he picks coffee over tea, Skittles over Smarties, and – in the week of Chinese New Year – reveals that his favourite food is chow mein.
Rooney also shares that his favourite holiday destination is Barbados and that the most important thing in his life is his children. His favourite sport outside of football is golf and he admits to still getting nervous before big games.