But when it comes to gambling and poker, apparently the 20-year-old star striker is quite the loser.
Rooney, who makes over $100,000US a week, has reportedly racked up around $1.22 million (700k quid in Brit money) in gambling debts to Steve Smith, a bookmaker and business partner of Rooney’s Man U mate Michael Owen. When Rooney, who was wagering on horses, dogs and football matches, was informed of how much he’s in the hole, he immediately (shit his pants then) ran/looked to his management company, Proactive, for help. Proactive, a power player in the football world, then went to Smith and demanded to see Rooney’s account, including any statements listing his bets. Allegedly no such statements were produced.
“He had the heavy hand on the shoulder,” a source said.
Whether this pressure was “Big Chris from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” kind-of-pressure (see pic), we can’t be sure, but our Guy Ritchie minds think perhaps it was…or at least was heading in that direction.
Stating he plans to shirk his gambling obligations (uh, bad idea), Rooney and others has put the blame on those who didn’t discourage him, like his teammate Owen.
“Michael Owen should be someone who puts his arm around Wayne’s shoulder. Wayne is pretty pissed off with Michael for introducing him to these people,” a source has said, according to the Daily Mail.
All of this reminds us of another of our favorite star striker/poker players,
It all seems too cogenial between these footballers doesn’t it? Perhaps it’s because they pull some of the nicest leg the world has to offer.
Consider Brazilian star Ronaldo, who’s ex is Daniela Cicarella.
Rooney’s fiance, Colleen McLoughlin (below left), on the other hand, while cute, is, shall we say, carrying a little too much luggage for her own good. Not that we want her to rail out like Beckham’s Posh though. Ok, well maybe just a little. You be the judge.