Despite his world class performance Wayne Rooney is still a figure of fun for Germany's tabloids.
For them it was now or never, with Sir Alex gone and inexperienced David Moyes in charge. But Leverkusen’s hopes were crushed as Manchester United FC defeated them 4-2.
So what better way to heal the wound then to laugh at Wayne Rooney? It had worked before. At least that’s the approach of Germany’s favorite tabloid Bild.
Rooney is well respected for his on the field action in Germany, but has a history of laughter for his off the field actions. The hair transplant and stories surrounding his incident with a prostitute always give the German public a little chuckle.
“Rooney’s laughing stock. This is where he misses the goal”, is the headline with a big picture of last night’s action. It is incredible that this would happen to a world class striker, Bild continues.
Rooney missed guilt edged chance early in the second half with an open goal gaping, stating after the game that he was caught in two minds whether to pass the ball to Robin van Persie.
But that was the last laugh for Leverkusen. They played uncharacteristically bad and made unnecessary mistakes which led to Manchester’s victory.
Not everyone is one the same page as Bild. The more tempered German newspapers like Sueddeutsche and Frankfurter Allgemeine are full of praises for the Red Devils and their top-class striker. The Frankfurt-based newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine wrote: “Rooney is unstoppable with his modern turban.” And Kicker magazine thinks Rooney is ice-cold.
Maybe it healed the wounds to laugh about Rooney’s only mistake in the game, but the only thing that counts where it matters is still the overall performance on the field. And that’s where Bild gave Rooney an A.
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