Wayne Rooney, according to Gary Neville, ‘threw the odd punch, but never when someone didn’t deserve it.’
Wayne Rooney ‘threw the odd punch, but never when someone didn’t deserve it,’ according to Gary Neville.
Rooney, 35, of Manchester United, will be the focus of an explosive documentary that will premiere on Amazon Prime in early 2022.
From his upbringing growing up in Croxteth, Merseyside, to his troubled marriage to Coleen, the show will look at the now-Derby manager’s career on and off the pitch.
And in one stunning footage, Neville, a former United and England teammate, discusses Rooney’s violent nature.
During the documentary, Neville makes the following claim: “He pretended to be a street kid.
“Of course, he’d throw the occasional punch… but I’ve never seen him punch someone who didn’t deserve it.”
Rooney has said that he “wasn’t the nicest child” and that fighting was a part of life for him as a kid in Liverpool.
Roo recalls in one scene: “I was raised in a household where we had to battle for everything. That is something I will never forget.
“Croxteth is where I grew up. You don’t think it’s a violent place if you’re from there.
“But I’ve had full-fledged disputes with my father, and he’d slap me.
“I wasn’t the nicest kid in the neighborhood. When I was younger, I used to get into a lot of fights.” Thierry Henry, a former Premier League adversary and Arsenal icon, could tell Roo had a nasty streak.
“You looked at him and you knew: He intended to destroy everything that was in front of him,” the Frenchman claims in the Amazon episode.
Rooney was most notable for being sent off at Euro 2004 after a scuffle with Cristiano Ronaldo, who would eventually become his teammate.
He was also notable for getting knocked out in a boxing match with fellow pro Phil Bardsley in his kitchen.
Rooney then went on to discuss his numerous off-field controversies.
However, he confessed that he wanted to be remembered for “who I am, not what I’ve done.”
He states in the documentary: “What people don’t realize is that you’re 17 years old, and you’re bound to make errors.
“People continue to look at me differently. However, it is critical that people remember me for who I am rather than what I have accomplished.
“Whether I like it or not, football is and will be a part of my life till the day I die.”
Coleen says she’s ‘forgiven’ Rooney for his pranks, but they’re ‘not acceptable’ elsewhere in the documentary.
*’Rooney’ will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in the United States in early 2022; the official teaser can be viewed here.