Wayne Rooney: "I Thought I Was Killing Someone Or Dying Me"

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Wayne Rooney: "I Thought I Was Killing Someone Or Dying Me"

Wayne Rooney, former Manchester United striker, talked about alcohol problems, fights and some anecdotes in a documentary released 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."

Rafael Nadal compared to Cristiano Ronaldo

Rafael Nadal left everyone speechless at the Australian Open 2022.

The Spanish champion, who had arrived in Melbourne amidst a thousand uncertainties, achieved a memorable ride that allowed him to win his second 'Down Under' title. Thanks to this triumph, the former world number 1 has hoisted himself at 21 Slams, overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time ranking.

The Majorcan became the fourth man in history to have conquered all the majors at least twice (keeping company with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson). The 35-year-old from Manacor succeeded in recovering Daniil Medvedev's two sets in the final, undermining his opponent's certainties just as the Russian glimpsed the finish line banner.

Rafa will try to reach 22 already at Roland Garros, where he will be the big favorite, waiting to understand if Djokovic will be present or not in Paris. In a recent interview with the Telegrap, former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski recalled his first meeting with a very young Rafael Nadal.

He said: "I still remember perfectly the first time I saw Rafael Nadal playing tennis. He was competing for an exhibition in Mallorca. He was about 15, he was training hard and he was already scary on clay. It was like seeing Cristiano Ronaldo or George Best taking his first steps with the soccer ball."

Greg had the opportunity to make some exchanges with Nadal: "I trained with Rafa a few years later, he was like 19 years old. As soon as I left the circuit, he exploded. I quickly realized that, if I couldn't complete the trade in a few strokes, he would easily overwhelm me.

He was simply better at everything." Patrick Mouratoglou also celebrated the Mallorcan's feat: "Nadal loves fighting more than anyone else. The moments that most players don't like, he loves them. When he went two sets down against Medvedev, everyone was convinced that he was done for."