Rooney was born in Croxteth, Liverpool, to Jeanette Marie Rooney and Thomas Wayne Rooney. He is of Irish descent, and was brought up as a Roman Catholic with his 2 younger brothers Graham and John. All three attended Our Lady and St Swithin's primary school, and De La Salle School.
Wayne Rooney grew up in Liverpool, where there are two big football clubs; Liverpool and Everton. As a child, he supported Everton and began playing football for them at the age of just 15, when he became the youngest Premiership scorer, scoring a game-winning goal against Arsenal. Rooney was the youngest goalscorer at Euro 2004, an international tournament where he played for England. Soon, other clubs were very eager to buy him because of his great performances. Newcastle United and Manchester United both made offers to Everton for him. It was Manchester United who signed him eventually, for £23m in the summer of 2004. Rooney was only 18 at the time, and the £23m paid for him is the highest amount ever paid for a teenager in the world.
Rooney is the top goal scorer for Manchester United. When he arrived to the team, they gave him the #8 shirt, but then changed his shirt to #10. On 12 February 2011, Rooney scored a stunning bicycle kick in the 78th minute of the Manchester derby, which proved to be the winning goal in their 2–1 win over Manchester City. After the game, he said it was the best goal he had ever scored in his whole career. Rooney was made captain of the team by manager Louis van Gaal before the 2014–15 Premier League season began.
Rooney's wife is Coleen. They live in Cheshire. He has said one of his heroes was former footballer Duncan Ferguson. Rooney often appears in adverts for FIFA videogames and Coca-Cola. Rooney also supports Celtic. He also has a sponsorship deal with Nike.