- Mike Tyson had a huge influence on Wayne Rooney according to his former sparring partner
- The legendary boxer advised the former man United star on how to cope with stardom
- Rooney practised boxing as a youth before he joined United from Everton
Mike Tyson once gave Wayne Rooney some advice on what to watch out for when becoming a superstar after he joined Manchester United, according to former Sparring partner Joe Egan.
Rooney trained as a boxer during his youth and both Tyson and Rooney were eager to meet each other back in the mid-2000s.
The Red Devils legend recently posted a photo of himself and Tyson to Instagram.
Briefly.co.za learned that Tyson who struggled with life outside of the ring was keen to use his experiences to educate Rooney on dealing with success, fame and money.
Egan recalled their meeting together: "Wayne was over the moon to meet Mike and Mike was over the moon to meet Wayne. An ex-boxer himself, Wayne loves and follows the sport of boxing and he’s a very good fighter himself.
"Because they’re both superstars, Mike wanted to speak to Wayne about the pitfalls and the problems that the young superstars could encounter.
"So Mike imparted a little bit of advice and gave him some inside knowledge on things to watch out for when you’re a rising superstar. Wayne really appreciated his advice and concerns.
"Everybody’s aware of what’s happened in Mike’s life, the pitfalls and people taking liberties during and after his career.
"The lawsuits, thieving promoters, personal and social problems in life spiralling out of control with multiple court trials and bad investments, Mike has experienced it all.
"Wayne used to box as an amateur. He’s around boxers and some of his best friends are boxers. We talked about boxing as the evening went on."
Rooney has gone on to become one of the biggest names in football of his generation and it would seem that the advice he received did the trick.