Although Rooney is one of the most gifted, instantly recognisable and, it has to be said, wealthy Premier League stars, he remains a fairly level-headed individual.
Life may appear to be a series of glossy photo-shoots but he regards himself as normal; boring even.
"I am used to the spotlight but I hate it really," he reflected.
"I am a private person and when I finish training I either go over to my aunt and uncle's or just sit in and watch TV all day.
"It's quite boring really. I have just started playing golf, although I am not the best, and I play a bit of pool and also on the computer, but that's about it. People who write different things don't know me."