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Wayne Rooney is one of the world's best-known soccer players and a top scorer for the Manchester United club.
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Rooney has since written two more books as part of his contract with HarperCollins.
In 2008 Rooney married his longtime girlfriend, Coleen McLoughlin, at a villa in the Italian resort town of Santa Margherita Ligure. In November 2009 the two became parents when Coleen gave birth to a son, Kai Wayne Rooney.
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Rooney has lucrative endorsement deals with Nike and EA Sports. Coca-Cola ended its relationship with the combustible Manchester star in 2011 in the wake of a scandal over his alleged involvement with prostitutes and his deliberate use of profanity during a televised game.
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