He was once the youngest goalscorer in the Premier League after scoring a last minute goal against Arsenal, while playing for Everton when he was just 16 years old.
So it’s no surprise, that Wayne Rooney was thrilled to see his 10-year-old son Kai following in his footsteps and pursuing his own love for the game during a recent football training session.
The dad-of-four shared a video of Kai in action on the pitch to his Instagram page and instantly had fans branding the youngster a ‘future star’.
Mini me: Wayne Rooney was thrilled to see his 10-year-old son Kai following in his footsteps and pursuing his own love for football during a recent training session
In the clip, Kai is seen being put through his paces while sporting his training kit and bright blue personalised football boots.
He carries out a series of training drills, before revealing his talents on the pitch as he practices his shooting and expertly hits the back of the net several times.
Proud dad Wayne, who now plays for Derby County, gushed that it was ‘quality’ to see his son in practice and wrote alongside his video post: ‘Thanks for Kai’s sessions @tomowensuk. Quality.’
And he’ll no doubt be left smiling over numerous comments from fans predicting Kai has a bright future ahead of him in football, with many likening the young lad to his famous father.
Proud dad: Wayne told fans it was ‘quality’ to see Kai in action, as he shared a video of Kai during training with his fans on Instagram on Friday
Chip off the old block: Kai was seen decked out in his training gear, as he took part in a number of drills before practicing his shooting
One follower commented: ‘Imagine years from now having Old Trafford chanting for Kai,’ while a second added: ‘Strikes the ball just like his old man! This is quality.’
A third said: ‘Glad to see Kai’s enthusiasm for football, future star.’
‘The kid is looking great. Hope he does well,’ posted another.
One more simply said Kai was the ‘new Wazza’.
Wayne started out his footballing career at Everton before moving to Manchester United in 2004 when he was 18 years old, after signing a deal for £25.6million.
In 2017, Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time leading goal scorer, after surpassing Bobby Charlton’s previous record of 249 goals.
All the gear: The youngster was proudly sporting his own personalised football boots
Future star: Fans were instantly left impressed by his talents, with many comparing Kai to his famous dad’s talent on the pitch
‘The new wazza’: Wayne will no doubt be left smiling over numerous comments from fans predicting Kai has a bright future ahead of him in football
He briefly returned to Everton later that year, before moving Stateside to play in the Major Soccer League for D.C United in Washington – although, Wayne then left to return to the UK after a year-and-a-half with the club.
As of January 2020, Wayne became a player-coach for Championship side Derby on an initial 18-month deal.
Derby manager Phillip Cocu has said of Wayne’s addition: ‘He is a great influence. When a player of his quality is in the team during the game, apart from his quality as a player, the influence is bigger because you have direct contact.
‘We are happy he is playing for us. You see the players, they see his quality, react and make the runs because they know he will deliver the pass and it is important for the team.’
As well as being dad to Kai, he shares sons Klay, six, Kit, four and Cass, two, with wife Coleen Rooney, who he has been married to since 2008.
Family: As well as being dad to Kai, he shares sons Klay, six, Kit, four and Cass, two, with wife Coleen Rooney (pictured above)