Wayne Rooney on Monday night scored his 200 Premier League goal against Manchester City becoming the only second player after former Blackburn and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer – when he put the visitors ahead after 35 minutes.
The former Manchester United forward cupped his ears in front of the home fans as he celebrated his second goal in two league matches since rejoining Everton.
Perhaps it was no surprise Rooney netted the landmark goal at Etihad Stadium, having also scored his 50th and 150th Premier League goals against United’s neighbours City.
However, the ease with which City’s new £35m keeper Ederson allowed his first-time shot in was more of a surprise.
Rooney, who scored his first top-flight goal as a 16-year-old for the Toffees against Arsenal in October 2002, hit the double century in his 462nd league match in front of his former Red Devils managers Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho.
Ultimately, the England international did not prove to be the match-winner like he was against Stoke last weekend – but he was still smiling at the final whistle as the early part of his Everton return continues to be fruitful.
“It was nice with my history with Manchester United – and to do it in such an important game for us and so early in the season, it was a sweet moment,” said Rooney.
“I’m sure the red half of Manchester will have enjoyed it as well.”