Wayne Rooney was on just £90 a week when he burst onto scene with Arsenal goal

Wayne Rooney's spectacular winning goal against Arsenal in October 2002 saw him burst onto the Premier League scene.

But at the time, the attacker was still only earning £90 per week having only been promoted from Everton's academy that season. Rooney had not signed any new contract when David Moyes opted to promote him to his first-team squad.

Moyes' decision to give him a chance on the biggest stage proved to be a masterstroke, with Rooney scoring 15 goals over the next two years before earning a move to Manchester United. He gave an early hint at his massive talents early into his Toffees career when champions Arsenal visited Goodison Park.

Freddie Ljungberg had put the Gunners ahead just seven minutes in before Tomasz Radzinski equalised at the midway point of the first-half. The game then appeared to be heading for a draw, after both sides squandered a number of chances.

But with less than a minute left on the clock, Rooney brought down a high ball, turned and pushed forward. He then set himself before firing an unstoppable curling shot into the top corner of David Seaman's goal.

It was a remarkable strike and one that announced him onto the Premier League stage. But according to The Athletic, Rooney was still on just a £90 per week contract when he fired in that now-famous winner.

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That is because the now Premier League legend was still on a UK government Youth Training Scheme programme for school leavers. He was just 16 when he struck the winner that fired the starting gun on his incredible career.

It was a goal that also ended Arsenal's 30-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, with boss Arsene Wenger hailing Rooney afterwards. He said: "Rooney is the biggest England talent I've seen since I arrived in England. There has certainly not been a player under 20 as good as him since I became a manager here."

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