There is no debating the fact that Wayne Rooney is an international superstar. Even if he does ride a pink jet ski every now and then, the guy is still a major celebrity. Rooney is also known for being extremely arrogant and self-centered, which is why it is surprising to hear the Manchester United striker admit that he admires a person — especially another international icon. What is even stranger than that is hearing the reason Rooney admires said icon.
According to the Daily Mail, Rooney is in awe of Roger Federer. Ironically, the soccer star said he idolizes Federer for the way he is able to keep his emotions in check, something that Rooney has seemingly had problems with throughout his young career.
“I’d like to meet Federer,” Rooney revealed. “When he first started playing, he had anger issues. You look at him now on the court and how many titles he’s won and it’s incredible. The discipline he’s had to (stop) the emotions running over is incredible.”
Perhaps this is Wayne’s way of saying he’s trying to turn over a new leaf after recently being handed a two-game suspension for cussing at the camera when registering a hat trick. This is also the same Rooney who viciously threatened a fan on Twitter who was heckling him. Everyone needs a hero, right? Might as well make it a 16-time Grand Slam champion.