The 31-year-old Englishman returned to boyhood club Everton, on Sunday, after a trophy-laden 13 years at Manchester United, in which Rooney eclipsed Sir Bobby Charlton’s record to become United’s all-time highest goal scorer.
Micheal Carrick, who played alongside Rooney for 11 years at Old Trafford, led the tribute with a warm good luck message on Instagram.
Carrick wrote: “Blew me away by how good he was from day 1. Outrageous. Had ups n downs but what a ride we’ve been on. Gonna miss him. Good luck Pal #Legend”.
Spanish international, Ander Herrera, who has been touted to take the captain’s armband Rooney left behind, also posted a heartfelt tribute to his former captain.
— Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) July 9, 2017
— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) July 10, 2017
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) July 10, 2017
Former teammates, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville were not left out of the tribute bandwagon.
“I have just seen this kid make a couple of seasoned England defenders look very basic, then nonchalantly dink the ball over/around the keeper….then jog back like it was some sort of regular playground mess about” That was during an England training session & the first time I had got to see this kid named @waynerooney ?? since then…. Records Broken – 253 @manchesterunited goals / 53 @england goals! All Time Legend…. great guy & great family! Good luck in your next chapter ?? P.S. Shearer record next ?⚽️
All the best @WayneRooney and congratulations on a great United career . The best Striker I played with and saw at the club.
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 9, 2017
“All the best @WayneRooney and congratulations on a great United career. The best Striker I played with and saw at the club,” Neville said.