AUG 31, 2004: ROONEY SIGNS FOR UNITED FOR £27 MILLION.
13 years ago, Manchester United signed an 18-year-old that would re-write the clubs history.
Wayne Rooney had been linked with a move to Manchester all summer, and after handing in a transfer request was granted his move on deadline day.
The youngster had been touted as the best teenager in the game at the time and with that handle came a big price tag.
Rooney’s new club was forced to pay out £20 million with a potential for that to rise to £27 million.
The £27million price tag became the highest price ever paid for a teenager.
Despite dreams coming true for the teenage star, things had turned quite sour in United’s pursuit of the forward.
The agent of Wayne Rooney, Paul Stretford, had received death threats for the part he was rumoured to have played in the transfer.
The company that Stretford worked for, Proactive Sports Management, released this after the deal had been completed,
“Paul Stretford and his family have received a number of threats from misguided individuals purporting to be football fans, details of which have been passed on to the police.”
Everton fans were unlikely to be pacified by the news that Proactive received £1.5 million from the deal.
Paul Stretford was later given a £300,000 fine and an 18-month ban as a football agent, for signing Rooney to a deal with Proactive, 2 years longer than was legal.
Rooney wasn’t fazed by the surrounding negativity and was enthusiastic to start life in Manchester.
“I'm excited to be joining a club as big as Manchester United,” said Rooney.
“I feel this can only improve my career, playing with top players in top competitions like the Champions League and I can't wait to meet up with the team."
Alex Ferguson was just as thrilled to have the player signed on and waxed lyrical about the teenager.
"I'm very excited, I think we've got the best young player this country has seen in the past 30 years. Everyone is delighted by this signing."
Rooney scored 17 goals in 77 games for Everton and had become England’s youngest ever player at 17 years old.
Rooney had made a big name for himself in an England shirt, becoming the youngest England scorer ever as well as becoming the youngest ever scorer in a European Championship in 2004.
Rooney scored 4 goals in the 2004 European Championships, prior to joining United, he was also named in the Team of the Tournament, however, his tournament ended in pain as he broke his Metatarsal in a quarter-final loss to Portugal.
13 years on from the 31st of August 2004, Rooney has recently signed on a free for Everton and retired from International football.
He left United as the highest scorer in the clubs history and retires from International football as England’s all-time top scorer.