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Rooney has lost his way slightly, after a superb early career.
At one time Wayne Rooney could do no wrong in the world of football. He was the best young England international in over a decade and the jewel of Manchester United.
However, Rooney slowly started to come off the rails, after a superb early career. Today, the once hottest prospect in the game is now considered a shadow of younger days.
Rooney's trials compare well with Hollywood heavyweight Russell Crowe. The New Zealand icon also began his career with an early flourish.
Crowe enjoyed a streak of impressive performances in marquee films at the end of the 90's and into the new millennium. Few actors could compare with Crowe's run that included superb turns in L.A. Confidential, The Insider and Gladiator.
When he scooped the Best Actor gong for telling us all his name, Crowe seemed certain to be the next great Hollywood actor. But it never quite worked out that way.
A run of average films including A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander and Proof of Life, dimmed Crowe's initial credibility.
As did his penchant for angry behaviour off-camera. Crowe and Rooney are united by their famously volatile tempers.
Crowe once used to mix it up off-screen more often than Rooney verbally abused referees, corner flags and camera men.
But the clearest comparison between Rooney and Crowe is their failure to truly deliver on remarkable talent.