Welcome to the 200 Club: Celebrating 9 of Wayne Rooney's Best Premier League Strikes

Wayne Rooney's 35th minute opener in Monday's 1-1 draw with Manchester City catapulted the Everton striker into a very prestigious hall of fame. The forward has joined Newcastle and England legend Alan Shearer in becoming only the second football star to notched 200 league goals in the Premier League, and drew widespread acclaim for his endeavours following the battling draw at the Etihad. To celebrate the boyhood Blue and Manchester United legend's achievements, we decided to look back at...

January 2017 (vs Stoke City)

What better way to start off our countdown than with the goal that saw Rooney become United's new all-time record goalscorer?


Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 249 goals for the Red Devils had stood the test of time for 44 years, but no one was going to deny Rooney from overtaking a fellow legend in the scoring charts.


The marksman's stunning free kick in January's 1-1 away at Stoke finally saw him pip Charlton to first place in the club's history, with the curling set piece from an acute angle arcing above everyone in the box - goalkeeper Lee Grant included - to nestle into the net.


A strike that is worthy of writing his name into folklore at the club he spent 13 glorious years at.

March 2014 (vs West Ham)

Rooney evoked his inner David Beckham with a truly amazing lob from half way that helped United beat West Ham at Upton Park.


The striker controlled Ashley Young's punt up field as he held off the challenge of James Tomkins and, spotting keeper Adrian off his line by some distance, sent a dipping effort goalwards.


Try as Adrian might, he couldn't race back in time as Rooney's shot bounced behind him before landing in the Spaniard's net to stun the Hammers' faithful.


Rooney was rightfully mobbed by his teammates for a piece of sheer ingenuity, and drew parallels from Beckham's own stunning halfway line goal against Wimbledon 17 years previously.

April 2003 (vs Aston Villa)

Rooney's last-gasp strike secured a vital victory for David Moyes' Everton side over 14 years ago in a tense 2-1 triumph on home soil.


The Toffees' barren run without a win had seemed set to continue before the teenage prodigy stepped up to fire Everton to all three points.


Rooney was prowling on the edge of the area as Alan Stubb's raking deep free kick was glanced his way by a Villa defender and, without needing a touch, the wonderkid fired a low left-foot shot past the sprawling Peter Enckelman.


The 17-year-old's Klinsmann-esque dive was all you needed to know about the importance of his goal - and we're surprised he managed to get back up after the huge piley-on that ensued as Goodison erupted!

January 2010 (vs Arsenal)

It's been over seven years since Rooney chalked up his landmark 100th Premier League goal and, while he may no longer possess the pace he had back then, the then 24-year-old started and finished a classic United counter attack against title rivals Arsenal.


Rooney fed ex-United winger Nani from the edge of his own penalty area with a pass that sent the Portugal international scampering into the Gunners' half.


Nani bore down on goal but, seeing the rampaging Rooney make up the yards as he burst into the box, supplied him with a succinct low cross that the forward guided past Manuel Almunia to bag the monumental strike.

August 2017 vs (Manchester City)

Seven seasons after that impressive feat and Rooney earned his place in the record books alongside Shearer as he struck to infuriate City fans in typical fashion at the Etihad.


It won't be a goal that will trump others on this list, but in achievement terms it's up there with the very best.


Super combination play between Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin down the right flank saw the latter guide a low centre into Rooney's path, and the 31-year-old stroked home a first-time finish past Ederson to hand Everton the initiative.


Ultimately City would come back to pick up a share of the spoils, but Rooney's place in history is assured nonetheless - and he will have revelled it giving it large to the Etihad faithful too!

November 2002 (vs Leeds)

It had been over half a century since Everton last tasted victory over then Champions-League qualifiers Leeds United, and nobody had any inclination that such a record would be broken anytime soon.


Step forward Mr Rooney.


The teenager emerged from the bench on a cool November evening to collect Tony Hibbert's pass inside, skipped past a midfield challenge before sizing up Lucas Radebe and guiding a low shot across Paul Robinson's goal into the far corner to send the Everton end wild.


A lot has changed since then - notably Leeds' shock relegation in 2003/04 - but not one Evertonian will ever forget Rooney's winning goal in Yorkshire.

April 2005 (vs Newcastle)

Rooney had been part of the United set up for less than a year when he slammed home a sensational volley past Shay Given against Newcastle United in April 2005.


The striker's rawness had not yet been coached out of him by the coaching staff at Carrington, and his ability to pull off the unexpected was showcased in spades at Old Trafford.


Just seconds earlier Rooney had been berating the officials for being booked for a rash challenge on James Milner, and spotted his moment to vent his frustration from a resulting United free kick.


Peter Ramage could only clear a long set piece to the edge of his area, and who else was on hand to rifle an unstoppable volley into the top corner of the net? Take a bow, Wayne.

February 2011 (vs Manchester City)

There was nothing that was going to stop this goal from being part of our list, was there?


Voted the best Premier League goal of all-time, Rooney's instinctive bicycle kick strike against Manchester City was an absolute joy to behold when watched live.


The winning effort of a tightly contested Manchester derby, Rooney's goal sent the Old Trafford faithful into raptures as he lapped up the adulation of players, fans, staff and the media in the days and weeks that followed.


Once again it was that man Nani who delivered the cross from which Rooney would score, and he duly obliged with an impromptu acrobatic shot that arrowed into the top corner. A truly marvellous strike.

October 2002 (vs Arsenal)

The goal that started it all. The strike that led to Clive Tydesley's infamous "remember the name" quote. The winning effort that catapulted Rooney to football stardom.


Everton had fought back to level proceedings at Goodison Park against then unbeaten Arsenal when he was introduced from the bench for his ninth senior run out.


Picking up a long ball 30 yards from goal, Rooney spun inside onto his favoured right foot as the Gunners' rearguard backed off.


Sensing an opportunity to beat David Seaman, who was slightly off his line, Rooney cast a quick glance up, set his sights and curled a delightful 25-yard shot past the despairing dive of the Arsenal keeper - off the underside of the bar - to cause unbridled pandemonium in the stands of the Grand Old Lady.


It ended Arsenal's then 30-match unbeaten run, saw Rooney's name adorned across every national paper's back page and led to a glittering career laden with records and trophies that few will ever match.


Remember the name, indeed.

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