So after the the death threats, the injury hooey, the prostitutes and the general media circus that followed every "development" in the Wayne Rooney saga, the England striker has sensationally signed a new five-year contract at Old Trafford, citing his manager Sir Alex Ferguson's genius.
Hmm. Even if there is something suspicious and surreptitious behind Wayne Rooney's decision to resurrect his Premier League career, it is one which is of huge benefit to the Premier League.
Rooney is one of the top strikers in English and world football. Had he not managed to draw a line under his past indiscipline and fractious relationship with his club colleagues and manager, it is possible that Rooney may never have reached his true potential for club or country, and probable that he would have vanished from these fair shores forever.
It would have been impossible for "Wazza" to sign for fierce rivals Manchester City and London duo Arsenal and Tottenham could not have afforded the transfer fee and wage bill. Chelsea was his only destination, a move which could have ended the career of one of two other very talented forwards: Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba.
At a moment where Premier League forwards are in the spotlight more than ever—Wayne Rooney and Peter Crouch for the wrong reasons; Dimitar Berbatov, Kevin Davies and Carlos Tevez for the right reasons—I rank the top 10 strikers currently wowing Premier League audiences across the globe with their goalscoring prowess, their pace and power and the skill and intelligence which often seems innate in the world's best players.
Ladies and gentlemen...it's showtime!