Wayne Rooney: "I could have died. Or kill someone"

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Wayne Rooney: "I could have died. Or kill someone"

Wayne Rooney talked about alcohol problems and fights during an interview for the BBC. He said: "Ten or 15 years ago you couldn't walk into a locker room and say: I have alcohol problems, I have mental problems. It just couldn't be.

I used to come home with a black eye and I was only 12. Been the girls, or driving drunk, all of the things I did. I could have killed someone or died myself. I was really going through a bad time. I knew I needed help, to save myself and my family.

One day I was going through the road with a bottle of cider. My time coach, Colin Harvey, sees me and lets me pass. The next day he takes me aside and says: you are the greatest talent I have ever seen at your age, don't waste it.

At 16, against Arsenal, I was charged up on the bench, I said to myself: I want to score a goal when I am 16. If I come in and I have only one chance, I shoot on goal. At 18 I felt I was the best player in the world, and at the time I think I really was.

At the 2006 World Cup, I was injured, but no I hadn't told anyone, not even our physiotherapists. When I returned to the locker room after being sent off, I smashed a few things. I felt lonely as ever. As the game went on without me, I thought: if we qualify, I'll skip the semifinal and maybe even the final.

If we go out, it's my fault. In the summer of 2010 we had sold Ronaldo and Tevez: I was the only one left, as a high profile player. I walk into Ferguson's office and ask him what's going on. He tells me to leave. Then I ask to be sold.

But I was right, as soon as Sir Alex retired everything collapsed, and they're still picking up the pieces."

Wayne Rooney's stats

Considered one of the strongest strikers of his generation, Rooney made his Everton debut before linking his name to Manchester United, the team he played for thirteen seasons, winning five Premier Leagues, one FA Cup , four Football League Cups, six Community Shields, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League and one FIFA Club World Cup.

He is the best scorer in the history of the Red Devils, having scored 253 goals in 559 official appearances. With the English national team shirt, of which he is the record holder of goals (53), he played three world championships (2006, 2010 and 2014) and three European championships (2004, 2012 and 2016).