Having drawn level with Sir Bobby Charlton at the top of Manchester United’s all-time goalscoring chart, Wayne Rooney ended up having to wait just two weeks before pulling clear on his own.
A landmark moment in an already glittering career arrived at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday, as the Red Devils skipper swept home a dramatic late free-kick.
His effort earned Jose Mourinho’s men a point on the day, but of greater note was the fact that he now has 250 goals in United colours.
No player in the history of one of world football’s most illustrious clubs can match that return, with Rooney adding that domestic title to the international record he already holds with England.
His status as an iconic figure of the modern era is now safely secured, with tributes having flooded in from across the globe for a man who has remained a consistent performer at the highest level.
Unsurprisingly, Old Trafford has been at the centre of those celebrations, with the Manchester skyline lit up to honour the achievements of the Red Devils’ most potent frontman.
Charlton said of Rooney breaking his record: “He is a true great for club and country, and it is fitting that he is now the highest goalscorer for both United and England.”
Mourinho added: “Before him the record belonged to a legend of English football. Now Wayne becomes a legend of Manchester United."
Nike have also got in on the act, creating a custom pair of boots for one of their biggest clients – the Hypervenom WR250.
While able to rest a little easier now that he has successfully chased down a target which had been hanging over him for some time, United still need Rooney to deliver over the coming weeks and months.
They remain outside of the Premier League’s top four at present, with four points separating them from the Champions League spots.
Mourinho’s men also have the second leg of an EFL Cup semi-final clash with Hull City approaching on Thursday, a FA Cup fourth round tie with Wigan on Sunday and a last-32 showdown with Saint Etienne to come in the Europa League in February.