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Irreverent, hilarious, and surprising, this is a warts-and-all biography of England's most famous sportsman and an exposé of the iniquities of some of those who have sought their pound of flesh from his celebrity. Short-tempered he may be, but when he pulls on his boots to play for Manchester United, there's no doubting Wayne Rooney's talent or position as Britain's greatest living footballer. With a supporting cast including David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson, this is a must-read for all fans of soccer.
John Sweeney is one of the BBC's leading investigative journalists.
|Publisher:||Biteback Publishing, Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
John Sweeney is one of the BBC’s leading investigative journalists. He says: “This is a story about an angry potato by an exploding tomato.”
Table of Contents
Foreword Iain Dale xi
1 The truth about the Crocky Boy Wonder 1
2 A genius with a gob on him is born 26
3 Everton's puppy of war 40
4 Boy meets girl 60
5 'No tip or nothing. The cheek of them, these millionaires' 76
6 The Hairdryer, the dodgy agent, the gangster, his friend who kept his .45 Magnum underneath his mother's flowerpot, and the left leg in the lay-by 85
7 'He couldn't write properly and didn't seem all that bright' - call girl on Rooney 97
8 'You scheming little prick' 113
9 "You've ruined my daughter's night' 132
10 'He was a knobhead' 148
11 The myth of the Auld Slapper 160
12 "Die heavy mob came too 173
13 'There's no fucking problem with my fucking temper' 207
14 England's glory? 220
15 'With this bling I thee wed' 234
16 World cup at his feet 243
17 The wronged woman 250