THE side of Wayne Rooney that the public has never seen before was screened in an insightful documentary into his private life in a BBC documentary with Gary Lineker on Monday night. Melika Tia was watching for us…

Wayne Rooney, the football legend and down-to-earth family man, becae a professional football player at the young age of 16 and scored his first Premier League goal in the same year for Everton against Arsenal.

Watching Rooney: the man behind the goals was really enjoyable as it explored behind closed doors instead of the hear say stories you read in the press.

Rooney was obviously very dedicated from a young age, he played for his Sunday league team and went on to play for Everton – a team he supported growing up and was dedicated to watching, setting off on the bus to the stadium at 14 to running home late at night.

Rooney wanted to score a Premier League goal before he turned 17 and he did it! A lot of the things he wanted to do he ended up doing, which shows if you have that determination and want to do something you can do it.

There was quite a few clips of Rooney’s aggressive behaviour. The aggression that Rooney had on the pitch (that we scarcely see anymore) gave him that edge although, by his own admission, the birth of his two boys Klay and Kai have changed him as a man.

A perfect example would be his breathtaking volley against Newcastle whilst he was arguing with the referee when he smacked the ball in frustration and it ended up flying past Steve Harper. Was that pure luck or is he just that brilliant?

Rooney’s aggression in football shows how dedicated he was to the game. When you love doing something you always want to do well in it.

It also shows how real he is, which was said plenty of times throughout the documentary. His mother is still a dinner lady at the school he use to attend and his family still live on the estate he grew up on, his mother; Jeanette Rooney and father; Wayne Rooney Senior, seem like down to earth people, sat on the couch laughing at old memories and gushing with happiness for their son’s success.

‘We hate you so much, cause we loved you so much’

That is what the Everton fans felt as Rooney made his swift exit to Manchester United in 2004. You could tell it wasn’t one of those choices he thought he would have to make, but then, you have to make sacrifices in life which will be good for you.

I feel it was a good choice to move to Old Trafford. Even though I found it hard to read Rooney, as he does look down a lot and does look like the quite one in a group, you can tell throughout the documentary that he lives and breathes football and knows he made the right choice.

Numerous close relatives said he is quiet and shy before you actually know him, but once you get to know him he doesn’t shut up.

He also said he has ‘quite a boring lifestyle’ although his guitar collection doesn’t look very boring – including a signed one from huge City fan Noel Gallagher with ‘Blue Moon’ inscripted on it.

You can see that Rooney isn’t arrogant and in fact very genuine; he didn’t have much to say as they moved around his trophy room with the former England striker Lineker.

After all his achievements, the man behind the goals is very much just a normal man, living his life, the nation has watched him grow and he now has finally took the title of scoring the most goals for England from Sir Bobby Charlton – and he isn’t even 30 yet (although he will in just a couple of weeks).

Rooney does so much to inspire others – and young men who want to play football should take his drive and determination if they want to become the next big thing.

By: Melika Tia

Image via ‘Jon C’ Flickr and creative commons

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