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Footballer Wayne Rooney signs record book deal

Top England footballer Wayne Rooney has signed one of the biggest sports book deals in publishing history.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 18:49 IST

Top England footballer Wayne Rooney has signed one of the biggest sports book deals in publishing history, selling his "life story" for five million pounds ($8.8 million), it was reported Friday.

The 20-year-old England and Manchester United striker said Friday he was "excited" about the deal. The five-book series, which will be ghost-written, would contain "some surprises", he promised.

The first volume, to be published by HarperCollins, which is owned by media magnate Rupert Murdoch, is due to hit the bookshelves in July.

The follow-up books - over the next 12 years - will cover the rest of Rooney's playing career.

It was also reported Friday that Rooney is in talks about a multi-million advertising deal for a leading supermarket chain.

The current record for best-selling sporting autobiographies is currently held by star footballer David Beckham, whose book, My Side, has sold more than 500,000 copies.

First Published: Mar 22, 2006 17:08 IST