Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney scored another sensational goal for his DC United side in the MLS, setting yet another record that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would be jealous of. The two players who have ten Balon d’Or awards between them have broken several records in their time and they are widely regarded as the best players to have ever played the game.
Rooney, who scored 253 goals for Manchester United scored an outrageous screamer from halfway line for the third time in his career when DC United played Orlando City on Wednesday night. The former Everton, Manchester United and England star has been a big hit Stateside since joining the MLS in 2018, impressing the fans and other players with his attitude and work rate – not to mention his undoubted football skills.
✅ Has the ball in his own half
✅ Opposition keeper off his line
Wayne Rooney has done it AGAIN ? pic.twitter.com/qOgHKpnwOC
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 27, 2019
The former Everton star demonstrated that he is not done at 33 years old and he has plenty left in the tank with an incredible strike from his own half during DC’s MLS clash with Orlando City on Wednesday night. Orlando goalkeeper Brian Rowe was well off his line after a corner had been cleared, Rooney didn’t hesitate as he unleashed a first-time strike from 70 yards which arrowed into the back of the net.
It is the THIRD time Rooney has scored from halfway line in his career. The ex-England captain also scored a long-range wonder goal for Everton against West Ham in 2017 and for Manchester United, against West Ham at Upton Park in 2014. Rooney has now done better than David Beckham, the former England captain who made the headlines in 1996 for scoring from the halfway mark.
In 2014, Rooney struck the ball from around 10 yards inside the West Ham half, after Ashley Young’s skied clearance was misjudged by James Tomkins. The then United forward positioned his body in readiness for the ball to drop. With a swish of his right foot, the ball arced towards high the goal, catching goalkeeper Adrián unaware as it sailed over his head and into the net.
Wayne Rooney has now scored a halfway line goal for every club he’s played for. The only player to have ever done it 3 times. Did it for Manchester United. Did it for Everton. Did it for D.C. United. Class is permanent. ? pic.twitter.com/7AELrXpJmw
— Devils of United ? (@DevilsOfUnited) June 27, 2019
The England legend repeated the feat in 2017 against West Ham with his friend, Joe Hart in goal. “I’ve never struck a football better in my life,” Rooney admitted after his first-time effort flew over the stranded West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart to seal his hat-trick in a 4-0 win in the Premier League. The DC United forward revealed the reason he attempted the strike that earned DC United a crucial victory on Wednesday
“I spotted the ‘keeper maybe a couple minutes before we scored and I’d seen that he was quite high,” said Rooney. “I knew if the ball fell to me near the halfway line, then the opportunity would be there for me to shoot it. He was probably a bit further out than normal because they were in possession of the ball, and it was through them losing it that it fell straight into my path. I knew immediately I was going to shoot it and, thankfully, I got it right.”
Rooney joined DC United last year with the club bottom of the Eastern Conference and inspired an instant turnaround, leading them into the playoffs. This season they sit third in the Eastern Conference table after 18 games, with Rooney DC’s top scorer on nine goals.
Ronaldo and Messi have never scored a goal from a shot in their own halves, not to talk of doing it three times for three different clubs.