Wayne Rooney has expressed his delight after equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record following Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup.
The captain volleyed home after eight minutes following some excellent work from Anthony Martial to reach a landmark 249 goals for his career, equalling Charlton’s 44-year record.
He went on to provide an assist for Martial moments later and harassed Reading’s back four all afternoon.
Rooney, speaking after the game, noted that equalling Sir Bobby’s record was a proud moment.
“It is a proud moment. To do it at such a massive club like Man United, I am hugely honoured & it is really proud moment for me,” he said.
“I have been at this club a long time, it is a huge part of my life and it is an honour to be up there alongside Sir Bobby.”
Many supporters have taken a negative view of Rooney over the past few years, with a failed attempt to join Manchester City and a notable dip in potency placing a black mark on the Englishman’s record at Old Trafford.
That said, his numbers don’t lie: he is, after all, United’s joint top goalscorer, England’s top goalscorer, second all time Premier League top scorer and assister, and the highest English scorer in the Champions League. Sprinkle ten major honours on top of that and you have a truly historical career that, whether you like him or not, ought to be respected.