Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was banned for three Euro games, but redeemed himself in another tournament. After netting two goals against Otelul Galati last night, he became the highest scoring Englishman in the history of the Champions League.
The 25-year-old Liverpudlian scored two second-half goals from the penalty spot as Man U had to sweat to clinch a 2-0 win in Bucharest, Romania, moving his Champions League tally to 26 goals.
This result sent him ahead of his ex-teammate Paul Scholes while Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Liverpool’s captain Steven Gerrard follow close on his heels.
Rooney’s debut goals in the Champions League came in his first match for Manchester United after his transfer from Everton in 2004. He was just eighteen back then and helped his side considerably by netting a hat-trick to secure a 6-2 victory over Fenerbahce for Manchester United.
Wayne enjoyed his most outstanding season in international tournaments in 2009/2010 when he scored five goals in seven games before his side was stopped by Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.
Though Wayne Rooney is the English footballer with the highest goal-scoring record in the Champions League, he still has some room for improvement. Spain’s Raul Gonzalez Spain is the Champions League all-time top goalscorer with 71 goals while Holland’s Ruud van Nistelrooy is in second place with n 56 goals.