2010 FIFA Player of the Year Wayne Rooney has fled England for the U.S. in order to get a week of “intensive conditioning” at Nike’s Oregon headquarters, the Guardian reportsManchester United coaches said they urged their striker to escape the spotlight by leaving the country, as he rehabs from a ankle injury. Nike is the biggest sponsor of both Rooney and the entire Man U. empire.
The pair are so entwined, a United spokesperson even referred to Nike’s sports science experts as “our medical team”
However, the move makes little sense logistically, considering that “Fortress Carrington” – the club’s 108-acre training facility – is state of the art. Instead of hiding behind the miles of fences and hundreds of thousands of trees at the facility, he’ll travel thousands of miles to hide behind a sponsor instead.
Rooney has been skewered by the British media ever since he announced his intentions to leave Manchester United – only to sign a five-year contract with the club three days later. That contract is believed to be among the most lucrative in the history of sports.
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