Supercopa de España: Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona - Barça lose El Clásico

Karim Benzema

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema celebrates scoring their second goal.

Spanish Super Cup 2017: Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (5-1 agg.)

Supercopa de España: Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona - Barça lose El Clásico

Final

Leg 1

Sunday, August 13 Game 1

Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid FT

Leg 2

Wednesday, August 16 Game 2

Real Madrid 2-o Barcelona FT

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Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid side win 2017 Spanish Super Cup

Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 2-0 to win the Supercopa de España or the Spanish Super Cup, a Spanish football championship contested by the winners of La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

After winning both legs of the Supercopa de España, Real Madrid lifted the trophy on a 5-1 aggregate win at Camp Nou in Madrid as the hosts quickly scored another stunner to put any doubts to rest. Real added their second trophy to their collection this season. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane continued his incredible run as manager on Wednesday night as he won his second trophy of the 2017-18 season, without Cristiano Ronaldo, before the start of the Spanish La Liga season. Real Madrid saw off their arch rivals easily, even with Ronaldo and several other key players not on the squad, in a match against their arch-rivals Barca. No doubt Ernesto Valverde is concerned.

Cristiano Ronaldo was banned for five games in the first leg. Ronaldo’s first booking was for taking off his shirt. The second red was for diving in a terrible decision by the referee. Ronaldo's little shove afterward was a bad decision, and that push caused Ronaldo to be given a tough ban.

Cristiano Ronaldo called his five-match ban for pushing a referee “exaggerated and ridiculous” and claims he is being persecuted after failing to have the sanction overturned on appeal.

During Sunday night’s Spanish Super Cup 3-1 first-leg victory over Barcelona, in which Ronaldo had scored, the Real Madrid forward reacted badly after being shown a second yellow for diving by match official Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, shoving the referee in the back. A Spanish football federation (RFEF) Committee dismissed an appeal, meaning Ronaldo missed out on Wednesday evening’s Supercopa return leg against Barça and will miss upcoming La Liga games against Deportivo La Coruña, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad. Ronaldo reacted angrily on social media: “It’s impossible to stay quiet in this situation, five matches! To me it seems exaggerated and ridiculous, this is what you call persecution! Thanks to my team-mates and to the fans for the support.”

In the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, Real Madrid and Barcelona battled for the first major trophy available in Spain. Real went into the match holding a 3-1 aggregate lead after goals from Leo Messi, Gerard Pique (an own goal), Marco Asensio and Cristiano Ronaldo lit up the first. Real boss Zinedine Zidane and his side seized the opportunity to add to their incredible trophy haul while Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is learning about life without Neymar.

asensio scores a goal

The Bernabeu erupts as Marco Asensio celebrates his goal 

Marco Ascenio was key to Real Madrid’s victory against Barca as he scored sensational goals in both legs of the tie with Barca in the 2017 Spanish Super Cup. At Camp Nou he scored an amazing goal, and at the Santiago Bernabéu, he opened the match scoring with another.

“My two goals in the Spanish Super Cup were great and I will look back on them fondly,” said Ascenio. “The fans show us incredible support and so naturally we want to reward them with titles. We were playing at home and had to really turn it on, and we created opportunities, we played the better football over the tie.”

Keylor Navas

Real Madrid goalie Keylor Nevas stops Barca superstar Lionel Messi in Supercopa de España second leg

Madridista goalie Keylor Navas has played in a milestone 100 official games for Real Madrid following the Spanish Super Cup return leg win. The talented goalkeeper is in his fourth season at Real Madrid, winning 74 games and 8 titles. His 100 games are spread across six competitions: LaLiga (67), Champions League (25), Copa del Rey (3), Club World Cup (2), Spanish Super Cup (2) and UEFA Super Cup (1).

“We're happy to win titles and keep looking to the future,” said Costa Rican Navas. “It is great to win and more so against a big rival. We worked hard in the preseason, we are doing well physically, we're confident. We have a great group and we're fighting for every possible title”. 

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Supercopa de Espana: 1st Leg

Real Madrid goalie Keylor Nevas in Supercopa de España first leg

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Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid side are winning trophies at an amazing rate, with a 100% haul in finals to date. Under the Frenchman, the side have won every final they have played in, including this Spanish Super Cup 2017 final. This impeccable run started with la Undécima and the penalty shootout win over Atlético Madrid. Then Sevilla and Kashima Antlers were both defeated in the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup, respectively. In 2017, the victories came in the la Duodécima win over Juventus and the Super Cups against Manchester United (UEFA Super Cup) and Barcelona (Spanish Super Cup). La Liga number 33 completes the fantastic haul Zidane has overseen.

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Zinedine Zidane continued making European football history for Real Madrid fans as he enjoyed another win in his string of successes as Madridista coach – this time he and his side won the Spanish Super Cup. Real Madrid manager Zidane the was thrilled with the efforts of his team.

“We had to be ready on the 8th of August for the first title. We've won two significant trophies against two big rivals. It stands us in good stead to start the season. Now La Liga begins and it's going to be even more difficult,” said Zidane. “I'm pleased with how we're doing things, and in particular with how we're playing. The first 15 or 20 minutes were spectacular in pressing high up and how we kept hold of the ball. It was a very good first half. In the second we had to dig in a bit because this opposition can cause you problems, that's to be expected. We wanted to play just as we did and when things go to plan you're happy. The players were fantastic. We're not going to get euphoric, this is a long-run thing and we'll enjoy the moment”.

“It's not just Asensio, everyone's doing a great job and working well,” added Zidane. They all do what's expected of them. Now we're starting over. We're going to have to show it again in La Liga. It's going to be a difficult season against tough opposition. The players are in great shape and they know what they want to achieve. It's a group who want to keep winning matches and trophies. I'm enjoying all that's happening now. I'm thrilled with Marco's goal because I love football and when I see a goal like that I'm impressed, just like everyone who enjoys the game”.

“The players deserve it,” continued Zidne. “They are talented and working hard. Winning two trophies against the likes of Manchester United, a great team, and Barcelona is not easy. Behind that lies our will and hard work. This team is hungry and you see that when we play. This is a great way to start, everyone is content. We are going into a long season, but we are ready”.

“There were many key things, the important thing is that we believe, which we do. We played well in both legs. The first half was spectacular. We were strong from the start. It was the game we expected and we are thrilled. It is another trophy, we have to congratulate the players, they were great,” said Zidane. ”I’m really pleased, I love my work and winning 7 titles with these players... It is a great start and we’re still on the run we were on before, having won LaLiga and the Champions League. We are coming to the end of one part, we've got another couple of titles and now we start the season, we have to do everything to win and it will be complicated. I have a spectacular squad and when I make changes you notice it. It is true that taking Isco out, after a great game against Barcelona, can be tough on the player. But the players know this will be a long road and we’ll play more than 65 games. I am happy when I change the team around without changing the dynamic”.

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EUROPEAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS RICH LIST

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Supercopa de Espana: 1st Leg

Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the highest paid European football player

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS RICH LIST

Cristiano Ronaldo is on top of Forbes' football's rich list, with the 20 highest paid football players making around $563 million between them. European football's top 20 highest earners earned $563 million over the last campaign, with Cristiano Ronaldo topping Forbes' rich list again. Real Madrid's Ronaldo reportedly earned $82m in wages and endorsements. That put him ahead of Barcelona arch-rival Lionel Messi ($77m), with former PSG star - Manchester United’s injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic third at $37m. Eight giant clubs are represented on the list, with Premier League club Manchester City with four players. Spanish La Liga champions Real Madrid, named by Forbes as the richest club in the world four years running, have three players on the list, with Gareth Bale ($34m) in fifth and James Rodriguez ($21m) 11th. Rodriguez now features for Bayern Munich. No player from Italy Serie A was on the list, while there are 10 men named to the list from English clubs displaying the English Premier League's financial clout in European football. Notably, Ronaldo's earnings surpassed the combined total of the Premier League's leading trio of Wayne Rooney ($26m), Sergio Aguero ($24m) and Eden Hazard ($22m). 

Some of the highest paid football players in history including Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will compete in the upcoming Spanish Super Cup between Real Madrid and Barca at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain on August 16, 2017. Great last minute football tickets for the mouth-watering clash of titans are still available for sale from LiveFootballTickets.com!

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Forbes' 2017 20 Highest Paid Footballers List

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - $82 million

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2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - $77m

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3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG + Manchester United) - $37m

Neymar Signs For PSG
4. Neymar (Barcelona + Paris Saint Germain) - $36m

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5. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) - $34m

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6. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United + Everton) - $26m

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7. Sergio "Kun" Aguero (Manchester City) - $24m

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8. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) - $23m

Arsenal v Chelsea - The Emirates FA Cup Final
9. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) - $22m

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10. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) - $21m

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11. James Rodriguez (Real Madrid + Bayern Munich) - $21m

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12. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) - $20m

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13. Radamel Falcao (Chelsea) - $19m

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14. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) - $18m

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15. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) - $18m

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16. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United + Chicago Fire) - $18m

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17. Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) - $18m

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18. Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce) - $17m

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19. David Silva (Manchester City) - $17m

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20. Samir Nasri (Sevilla) - $15m

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Barca superstar Lionel Messi runs with the ball during the Supercopa de Espana Supercopa Final 1st Leg match between FC Barcelona v Real Madrid at Camp Nou on August 13, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

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THE UEFA PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR SHORTLIST

1. Leo Messi (Argentina, Barcelona)

2. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus)

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid)

4. Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)

5. Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)

6. Paulo Dybala (Argentina, Juventus)

7. Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)

8. Kylian Mbappé (France, Monaco)

9. Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich)

10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Manchester United)

England Premier League Week 2 tickets, fixtures, results

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Jose Mourinho, manager Manchester United

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England Premier League Week 2 tickets, fixtures, results

Premier League table leaders Manchester United will open Week 2 of the 2017-18 campaign with a trip to face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in Saturday's early kick-off. Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho will hope to see his side follow their 4-0 throttling of West Ham United with another victory against the Swans, as Mourinho’s former club Chelsea play a derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. The Blues recently lost the 2017 FA Community Shield to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium and will return to Wembley again as they look to beat Tottenham at their temporary home venue while their new stadium is being built. Arsenal travel to Stoke City on Saturday hoping for a win after their 4-3 defeat of Leicester City in Week 1, while Liverpool and Manchester City face Crystal Palace and Everton at home, respectively.

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Premier League Week 2 Schedule, EPL Tickets

Saturday, August 19

Swansea City v Manchester United tickets, 12:30 p.m. BST/7:30 a.m. ET 

Bournemouth v Watford, 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET 

Burnley v West Bromwich Albion, 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET 

Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion, 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET 

Liverpool v Crystal Palace tickets, 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET 

Southampton v West Ham United, 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET 

Stoke City v Arsenal tickets, 5:30 p.m. BST/12:30 p.m. ET 

Sunday, August 20

Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United, 1:30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m. ET 

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea tickets, 4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET

Monday, August 21

Manchester City v Everton tickets, 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET

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Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League

Reigning EPL Champions Chelsea manager Antonio Conte celebrates victory with Premier League trophy in 2017

Chelsea v Watford - Premier League

Reigning EPL Champions Chelsea manager Antonio Conte celebrates victory with his side in 2017

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Results

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea were defeated by Burnley 3-2 in their first match of the 2017-18 season on Saturday in one of many shocking results on the opening weekend.

Huddersfield Town soundly defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 in south London. Watford earned a late draw with Liverpool. Manchester City defeated Brighton & Hove Albion.

Friday

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

Saturday

Watford 3-3 Liverpool

Chelsea 2-3 Burnley

Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield Town

Everton 1-0 Stoke City

Southampton 0-0 Swansea City

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Bournemouth

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Manchester City

Sunday

Newcastle United 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 

Manchester United 4-0 West Ham United

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English Premier League Standings

After Week 1, going into Week 2, Manchester United, Huddersfield Town, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Burnley, Everton, West Bromwich each have three points apiece after winning their EPL MatchWeek 1 fixtures.

1

Manchester United

1

+4

3

2

Huddersfield Town

1

+3

3

3

Manchester City

1

+2

3

4

Tottenham Hotspur

1

+2

3

5

Arsenal

1

+1

3

6

Burnley

1

+1

3

7

Everton

1

+1

3

8

West Bromwich

1

+1

3

9

Liverpool

1

0

1

10

Watford

1

0

1

11

Southampton

1

0

1

12

Swansea City

1

0

1

13

Leicester City

1

-1

0

14

Chelsea

1

-1

0

15

AFC Bournemouth

1

-1

0

16

Stoke City

1

-1

0

17

Brighton & Albion

1

-2

0

18

Newcastle United

1

-2

0

19

Crystal Palace

1

-3

0

20

West Ham United

1

-4

0

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Last minute EPL football tickets for good seats are still available for this weekend’s season opening clashes to watch your favorite England Premier League club start their 2017-18 campaign.

The Premier League returns on Friday, with Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal taking on Leicester City in the 2017-18 season opener. Popular Chelsea will begin their reign and battle to retain the title after winning the 2016-17 EPL title in manager Antonio Conte's first season as manager. The England Premier League champions welcome Burnley in their opening fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with the Blues planning to get off to a perfect start. New boys Brighton & Hove Albion host Manchester City in their first game in the top flight, and Manchester United open up against West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Liverpool travel to Watford for their first encounter of the season, and neighbors Everton will battle Stoke City.

Here is the opening England Premier League matches schedule with links to buy tickets for fixtures for the top of the table clubs:               

Friday, Aug. 11

7:45 p.m. 2:45 p.m. ET Arsenal v Leicester City tickets

Saturday, Aug. 12

12:30 p.m. 7:30 a.m. ET Watford v Liverpool tickets

3 p.m. 10 a.m ET Chelsea v Burnley tickets

3 p.m. 10 a.m ET Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town

3 p.m. 10 a.m ET Everton v Stoke City tickets

3 p.m. 10 a.m ET Southampton v Swansea City

3 p.m. 10 a.m ET West Bromwich Albion v Bournemouth

5:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. ET Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City tickets

Sunday, Aug. 13

1:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m ET Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur tickets

4 p.m. 11 a.m. ET Manchester United v West Ham United tickets   

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Superstar photos: Wayne Rooney from Man United to Everton

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31-year-old Wayne Rooney scored 253 goals in 559 appearances and won 12 major trophies before returning to his boyhood club Everton during the summer transfer window in 2017.

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Wayne Rooney completes his move to his boyhood club Everton during the summer transfer window in 2017. 

Everton announced that Rooney will wear No 10 at Goodison Park, with the shirt's former occupant Romelu Lukaku having joined United in a world record £90million deal. Rooney spoke of his excitement at the move saying: 'Winning trophies with Everton would be the pinnacle. I really feel now the club is moving in the right direction, bringing the right calibre of players in. I want to be part of it and hopefully part of a successful Everton team. It's a great feeling to be back. I'm excited, I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play. I'm ecstatic – I just cannot wait to get back playing.”

'I'm excited, and I'm excited by the signings that the Club have made. This club is moving forward. This football club should be winning trophies and we're taking huge steps to being involved and trying to win trophies.” 

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Wayne Rooney, #10, Everton

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Wayne Rooney of Everton in action during the Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on August 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for Everton with the winning goal in his debut return home match at Goodison Park

WAYNE ROONEY

Wayne Rooney left giant England Premier League club Manchester United for his boyhood club Everton as one of the most decorated and successful players in the club's stunning history, with 16 trophies to his name. That amazing trophy tally began way back in February 2006, when the superstar striker scored twice in a 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic to claim the League Cup at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.  To finish his glittering Manchester United career, in May 2017, Rooney lifted his 16th piece of silverware - the UEFA Europa League trophy - following a 2-0 win over Ajax in Stockholm – the victory qualified the Reds for a spot in the 2017-18 Champions League. See Wayne Rooney photos of some of Rooney's career highlights below:

VIDEO: Wayne Rooney marks Everton return with stunning goal

Wayne Rooney scores for Everton after returning to his boyhood club Everton during the summer transfer window in 2017.

Thirty-one-year-old Wayne Rooney marked his return to Everton with a stunning strike in their pre-season friendly against Gor Mahia FC as Wazza officially completed his return to Goodison Park on Sunday after ending his 13-year stint with Manchester United. The former United captain was key to Everton’s victory in the match as he opened the scoring with a superb long-range effort in the 35th minute. Everton kicked off their pre-season campaign with a game against Kenya’s reigning Premier League champions.

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Wazza @WayneRooney – “It has been an honour to play alongside you & I wish you all the best for the future my friend ” tweeted former teammate Marouane Fellani.

WAYNE ROONEY'S HONORS AT MANCHESTER UNITED 

As a superstar football player and team captain, Wayne Rooney was a key to Manchester United’s success since the moment he signed with the Reds as a “prodigiously talented, explosive teenager” some 13 seasons ago to amaze his teammates and fans in his storybook debut hat-trick against Fenerbahce, the spectacular overhead kick against Man City and the countless match-winning performances.

  • Premier League: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
  • FA Cup: 2015–16
  • Football League Cup: 2005–06, 2009–10, 2016–17
  • FA Community Shield: 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016
  • UEFA Champions League: 2007–08
  • UEFA Europa League: 2016–17
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2008

Wayne Rooney won his first trophy, the 2006 League Cup, after scoring twice in the final.

Wayne Rooney won his first England Premier League title at the end of the 2006-07 season.

Wayne Rooney won the Community Shield and lifted the trophy after a penalty shootout victory against Chelsea in August 2008.

Wayne Rooney won the Premier League title after an away win at Wigan Athletic in May 2008.

Wayne Rooney lifts Champions League trophy!

Wayne Rooney lifts FIFA Club World Cup trophy in December 2008.

Wayne Rooney and Manchester United won a third consecutive Premier League title in 2008-09!

Wayne Rooney scored the winner against Aston Villa in the 2010 League Cup final. 

Reds captain Wayne Rooney lifts the EFL Cup after Manchester United beat Southampton at Wembley in February 2017.

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Rooney with his three children - his favorite "trophies"

Manchester United win 2017 UEFA Europa League Final 

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney wore the captain's arm band during the Reds’ UEFA Europa League Final victory between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017, in Stockholm, Sweden as Roo claimed his last trophy in his Man United career.

Ajax v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final

Ajax v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final

Ajax v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final

Rooney celebrates and poses with the Europa League trophy after Man United beat Ajax in Stockholm.

Ajax v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final

Rooney celebrates and poses with the Europa League trophy after Man United beat Ajax in Stockholm.

Rooney celebrates and poses with the Europa League trophy after Man United beat Ajax in Stockholm.

Everton v MFK Ruzomberok - UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round: First LegEverton v MFK Ruzomberok - UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round: First Leg

Wayne Rooney of Everton in action during the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round, First Leg match between Everton and MFK Ruzomberok at Goodison Park on July 27, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Rooney said his first game back will be an emotional day and that he was looking forward to it. 

'I'm not just coming back because it's the team I support, the team I grew up playing for - I'm coming back because I feel the club can move forward and be successful,' he said. 'I want to be part of it. There will be pressure on me to perform, but I'm ready to go. I believe I can help move this club forward and be more successful on the pitch. With the new stadium in the pipeline, it's an exciting time to be an Everton player, to be an Everton fan.It's on us players to make those times even more exciting by giving them good performances and try to help them be successful and bring trophies to the club.' 

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Rooney’s new boss, Everton manager Ronald Koeman said: 'Wayne has shown me that ambition that we need and that winning mentality – he knows how to win titles and I'm really happy he's decided to come home. He loves Everton and he was desperate to come back. He is still only 31 and I don't have any doubts about his qualities. It's fantastic he's here.' 

 

Reportedly Rooney has agreed to a salary reduction of around 50 per cent as part of the deal taking him back to Everton. United have agreed to pay a portion of their departing captain's wages, which amount to upwards of £300,000 a week, to facilitate the transfer. 

United manager Jose Mourinho paid tribute to the Reds' club legend.

Mourinho said, 'It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne; he has been a model professional throughout his time at the club and will remain in the history books for many years to come,” said Mourinho. 'It is never easy to see a great player playing less football than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Everton. His experience, focus and determination will be missed and I wish him well for the future.'