The England captain has been linked with a move to China that could add to the already considerable fortune he has amassed in the Premier League
Wayne Rooney may be about to pad out 14 years of earnings as a Premier League player by moving to the Chinese Super League at the end of the season in a deal that could see him earn an astronomical weekly salary.
Carlos Tevez and Oscar – both of whom take home more than £400,000 a week in China – became the two highest-paid players in world football by heading east in January, and Rooney has been heavily tipped to join them.
Whether he does or not – with MLS also a possibility – the England captain has certainly capitalised on his talent financially over the course of his playing career so far.
What is Rooney’s salary?
Rooney is reportedly paid a basic wage of £250,000 a week at Manchester United, but that figure rises to £300,000 when the value of his commercial rights in the deal is accounted for. The contract, signed in February of 2014 and due to run until the summer of 2019, is also likely to include bonuses.
It is widely agreed that deal made him 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. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s terms are also put in a similar bracket to Rooney’s.
How much does Rooney earn per minute/hour/day?
If we assume Rooney takes home £300,000 a week from of his United contract, he earns the following amounts before any of his other sponsorship deals or other interests are put into the equation:
What sponsorship deals does Rooney have?
Rooney’s boot sponsorship deal is with Nike and is reportedly worth £1m a year to the 31-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, publisher Harper Collins, EA Sports and Coca-Cola – were worth over £2.5m. Coca-Cola, however, ended its £600,000-a-year relationship with him amid the allegations.
Slightly bizarrely, United have also started to push players into spin-off movie trailers over the past couple of years – and none more so than Rooney. He was front and centre of an Independence Day: Resurgence promo last year and saw his ageing and downturn in form used to push the new Wolverine film last month.
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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 last year was a hotel in Newcastle, which has been backed 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 last year.
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 latter will use 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 hopes to raise £5m for various causes in 2017.
What is Rooney’s net worth?
Rooney’s net worth is estimated at around the £100m mark based on his career earnings so far.
If he does choose to move to China, where he could potentially earn tens of millions of pounds a year in salary and endorsements, that number could rise very quickly even as his playing career draws to a close.
It remains to be seen what direction Rooney will go in, whether it be football-related or otherwise, when he hangs up his boots – but one of his most famous predecessors as England skipper, David Beckham, has shown there are plenty of possibilities to explore.