Wayne Rooney became only the second player to net 200 goals in the Premier League goal on Monday when he scored the opener in Everton’s draw at Manchester City.
The 31-year-old joined Alan Shearer, who scored 260 Premier League goals, and said it was a “sweet moment”.
“It was nice,” Rooney said after the game. “To do it today in such an important game for us, with tough games coming up, it was a sweet moment and I am sure the red half of Manchester will have enjoyed it as well.”
It was Rooney’s second goal for Everton since his return from Manchester United, where he bagged 183 goals.
He also scored 15 times for Everton between 2002-04.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 21, 2017
Rooney has scored 156 times with his right foot, 23 with his left foot and 21 headers. It was his 462nd Premier League game. Shearer hit the landmark in his 306th game.
“To join Alan Shearer, that amount of goals, obviously a lot to do to catch Alan,” Rooney said. “No, but obviously it’s a great moment and hopefully a lot more to come.”
He added that he was pleased with his new role under Ronald Koeman.
“The manager has made it clear he wants to play me in the attacking positions,” Rooney said. “I have done that throughout my career and the thing for me is to play. I didn’t play as much last year and if you don’t play you don’t get that match fitness.”
Tributes flooded in on social media to commemorate the landmark.
Wayne Rooney. ?
England’s Top Scorer. ✔️
Man United’s Top Scorer. ✔️
200 PL Goals.✔️
11 major titles. ✔️
Over-rated they say…?
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) August 21, 2017
No team has lost this season after taking the lead! Rooney – ‘vanity’ buy my arse.
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) August 21, 2017
Rooney strikes. Life in the old dog yet. Great play too from puppy, Calvert-Lewin. He’s been superb, intelligent and rapid in a tough role.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 21, 2017
Say what you like about Rooney, but 200 PL goals speaks for itself. #Baller
— Dan Hime (@DanHime89) August 21, 2017
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 21, 2017