Wayne Rooney‘s son Kai claims to have notched 56 goals and 28 assists in all competitions for Manchester United’s academy during the 2021/22 campaign.
The 11-year-old forward, who signed a Premier League academy registration in December 2020, has showcased his impressive talents throughout the season.
He scored four goals for United’s U12 team when they came up against rivals Liverpool in October last year, and several months later, Rooney scored a wonderful left-footed strike in the Manchester derby.
Talk about following in your dad’s footsteps.
And after a prolific season in front of goal, the youngster took to Instagram on Wednesday night to share his record of 56 goals and 28 assists in all competitions.
Last season, the youngster introduced himself to the world when he bagged a hat-trick and three assists in a 6-3 win against Stoke City.
And a few months later, the youngster scored four times in a Man of the Match performance against Liverpool.
After the full-time whistle, he took to Instagram to share his efforts.
“He’s been working hard, he obviously came over to the States with us to continue with his football,” said Rooney in December.
“He went on trial with Manchester United and he’s impressed the coaches. He signed his forms yesterday so I’m delighted for him.
“He did have other options, other clubs to go to. But he decided he wants to sign for Manchester United, so it was his decision and not mine.”
Kai Rooney isn’t the only youngster in United’s academy set-up to have a famous father. Cristiano Ronaldo’s son, Ronaldo Jr, has played alongside Rooney on numerous occasions this season.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner sees potential in his son’s talent but feels there is still plenty of work to be done.
“We’ll see if my son will become a great footballer,” he said in 2020. “He has potential. He is fast and dribbles well, but that is not enough.
“I always tell him that it takes work and dedication to have success. I won’t pressure him to become a footballer, but if you ask me if I want him to, yes I would like it.
“The most important thing is to become the best at whatever he does, whether it is as a footballer or a doctor.”
Kai Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo Junior will evolve together with Manchester United’s U11s. Both of them will wear the same number as their fathers. History repeating itself again. pic.twitter.com/ROHA4LAorS
— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) March 28, 2022