Wayne Rooney is one of Manchester United‘s greatest players. He joined United after having a blistering start to his career at Everton. Rooney has made 393 Premier League appearances for United, scoring 183 goals. He is also level with Harry Kane as England’s highest-ever goal scorer with 53 goals in 120 appearances. He even won five Premier Leagues and a Champions League while at United.
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) December 12, 2022
An NFL player, JuJu Smith-Schuster copied Wayne Rooney’s iconic boxing celebration. The celebration went viral among ‘football’ and ‘soccer’ fans in the USA. A few NFL players have copied soccer players’ celebrations over the years, like Odell Beckham Jr copying Ronaldo’s iconic ‘Siu’ celebration.
Fans react to the viral video of NFL player copying Wayne Rooney’s celebration
Fans reacted to JuJu Smith-Schuster’s imitation of Rooney’s iconic celebration.
OMG HIS IMPACT IS INSANNEE
— Asteria Basti (@CoachBastii) December 12, 2022
— . (@ThatSouthpawKid) December 12, 2022
You know ball
— Joshua (🇫🇷) (@KickingDevils) December 12, 2022
Some fans claimed that JuJu Smith-Schuster has done other such soccer celebrations.
Glad someone else caught that😂😂 gotta be his 3rd different football celebration right?!
— pondy (@pondy321) December 11, 2022
JuJu Smith-Schuster even admitted on his Twitter account that he was copying Wayne Rooney and received a lot of adulation from soccer fans all over the world.
Wayne Rooney responds to JuJu Smith-Schuster’s celebration
Rooney first celebrated with his iconic boxing celebration in 2015. Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0, during which Rooney scored in the 34th minute. The celebration was a reaction to a video that had gone viral a few days before the match against Spurs. Rooney was seen sparring with his friend and former Everton teammate Phil Bardsley.
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) December 12, 2022
Rooney enjoyed the celebration and the homage that JuJu Smith-Schuster paid to him. He is currently managing DC United in the MLS. He was in charge of Derby County before DC United, where he was relegated to League One of the English soccer pyramid after a points deduction. His 17-month reign as manager was a turbulent one due to the club going into administration at the time.
In the 2022 season, DC United finished last in the Eastern Conference, winning just seven games, drawing six, and losing 21. He was a player-manager for Derby and was quite successful at the club. He would have avoided relegation from the Championship had there been no points deductions.