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What is Wayne Rooney's net worth and how much does the D.C. United star earn?

11:50 PM IST 06/11/18
Wayne Rooney DC United 2018
The former England captain has been enjoying a lucrative salary after joining MLS side D.C. United from Goodison Park this past summer

The former England captain maed the move to MLS outfit D.C. United in 2018, where he followed in the footsteps of Premier League stars such as Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, who hopped across the Atlantic.

Rooney already took a massive pay cut to rejoin Everton, though has re-established himself as one of the most well-paid footballers after moving to sign for the MLS side in the summer of 2018.

Following his switch into the MLS, Rooney has become one of the wealthiest players in world football.

What is Rooney's net worth?

Rooney's net worth is estimated at around the £100 million ($130m) mark based on his career earnings so far.

The Englishman had the chance to bolster his fortune massively by moving to the Chinese Super League a number of years ago, but chose to turn down that gold rush and stay in the Premier League.

A lucrative move to Washington for the former England captain, however, has raised his profile even more to continue his legacy as one of the highest-paid footballers in the game.

What is Rooney's salary?

Rooney was reportedly paid a basic wage of £250,000 a week at Manchester United that rose to £300,000 when the value of his commercial rights was accounted for.

It was due to run until the summer of 2019, meaning Rooney could have continued to bank it to the tune of over £30 million in total, but instead he chose to take a pay cut to rejoin Everton in search of first-team football.

At Everton, Rooney earned around £150,000 a week, though that is still a considerable outlay for the Toffees. His contract was so big, in fact, that United allowed him to leave on a free transfer rather than demanding a fee.

It was widely agreed that Rooney was the highest-paid player in the Premier League until last summer, when Paul Pogba bagged a contract said to be worth £290,000 a week in base salary.

Since moving to D.C. United in the summer of 2018 on a three-and-a-half year deal, however, Rooney has enjoyed a swift pay rise from his days as a Toffee.

How much does Rooney earn per minute/hour/day?

Rooney takes home an annual salary of £13m ($17m) at D.C. United, which surpasses the £150,000 he was earning a week at Goodison Park.

Timeframe Earnings
Per second £0.41
Per minute £24.80
Per hour £1,488.10
Per day £50,000
Per week £250,000
Per month £1.08m
Per year £13m

What sponsorship deals does Rooney have?

Rooney's boot sponsorship deal is with Nike and is reportedly worth £1m a year to the 33-year-old.

Late in 2015, it was reported that Adidas were trying to snap Rooney up months after taking over the production of United's kit, but that switch did not materialise.

When Rooney was facing scrutiny for alleged infidelity in British newspapers in 2010, the Daily Mail estimated the value of his four main endorsement deals - with Nike, Harper Collins, EA Sports and Coca-Cola - was worth over £2.5m.

Coca-Cola, however, ended its £600,000-a-year relationship with him amid the allegations.

Slightly bizarrely, United also started to push players into spin-off movie trailers over the past couple of years - and none more so than Rooney while he was at the club.

He was front and centre of an Independence Day: Resurgence promo and saw his ageing and downturn in form used to push the new Wolverine film in February 2017.

How many social media followers does Rooney have?

Clearly, Rooney's fanbase have been keen to follow his adventures in the United States, as he boasts 13m followers on Instagram, where he frequently posts photos of his life in D.C.

He also shares old throwback photos of himself and the old England team, as well as pictures of his wife Coleen and his children.


💭 Playoffs it is! Thanks to all the fans for your continued support 👏🏼👍🏼 #DCU

A post shared by Wayne Rooney (@waynerooney) on Oct 22, 2018 at 8:56am PDT

He boasts a further 24.9m likes on his official Facebook account, making him one of the most well-supported footballers.

What businesses does Rooney have?

Beyond his personal property investment and spending on things like cars and racehorses, Rooney seems to keep his business decisions pretty low key.

In 2013, he was reported as being part of a partnership, along with cricketer Kevin Pietersen and businessman-turned-TV-personality Theo Paphitis, that invested in small businesses. As far as Rooney's overall worth goes the sums were pretty low, with each party putting in around £200,000.

Occasionally other interests pop up here and there. One that emerged in recent years was the backing of a hotel in Newcastle, which has been supported by a number of Newcastle United players past and present as well as a few other recognisable Premier League names.

What charity work does Rooney do?

Rooney works with a number of charities close to him and his wife, Coleen, in the north-west of England and they benefited hugely from the Man United veteran's testimonial match in 2016.

The Rooneys donated all of the £1.2m proceeds from the match against Everton to four organisations - the NSPCC, for whom Wayne is an ambassador, Claire House Children's Hospice, Alder Hey Children's Charity and the Manchester United Foundation.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Manchester United Foundation used the cash to set up a Wayne Rooney scholarship to help children from deprived areas go into further education.

Through his own Wayne Rooney Foundation, Rooney hoped to raise £5m for various causes in 2017.

On November 4, Rooney announced that he would be returning to the England team following his retirement from the side in 2017 for a one-off appearance to raise money for the Wayne Rooney Foundation.

The 33-year-old put on the Three Lions shirt one last time for the charity friendly fixture against the U.S. National Team on November 15 of that year.

"I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again," Rooney said in a statement to the FA. "I would like to thank Gareth Southgate and The FA for inviting me back and helping to support my Foundation in the process.

"Playing for England was the greatest honour of my career – so winning my 120th, and final, cap will be a particularly special moment for me. It’s fitting that the match will be against the USA and I hope that both sets of fans enjoy the game."