London, Jan.31 (ANI): The fortune amassed by England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen will be made public for the first time this week when the couple are cross-examined as part of a bitter legal dispute with their former agent.The James Grant Group, the sports and celebrity agents have sued the couple.
Rooney will face unprecedented questioning over his multi-million pounds earnings when he appears as a witness in the long-running and bitter case involving his controversial agent Paul Stretford.
Coleen Rooney will also be called into the witness box to give details of her earnings from endorsements of perfume and make-up, magazine columns and her TV series Coleen's Real Women.The couple are being required to take the stand after being sued for more than four million pounds in unpaid commissions incurred after Stretford left on acrimonious terms to set up his own firm in 2008, taking the striker and his wife with him.
Rooney, 25, has built a portfolio of lucrative endorsement contracts with global names such as Nike, Coca Cola and EA Sports, bringing him a fortune previously estimated at 35-million pounds and a lavish lifestyle far removed from his humble roots.
James Grant, which represents stars including Simon Cowell, Ant and Dec and Davina McCall, claims it is owed the commissions from future contracts negotiated on the couple's behalf by Proactive Sports Management, the company which Stretford founded 20 years ago but which now forms part of James Grant.
But Rooney and Coleen have described the legal action, which opens at Manchester Mercantile Court on Monday as "exploitative".
They claim the commissions - in the magnitude of 20 per cent - were only ever payable against management services actually rendered.
The couple claim neither Proactive nor James Grant have provided them with any services since Stretford quit the firm to set up Triple S Sports and Entertainment.
Stretford has represented Rooney since the age of 17, when he was a supremely talented 'prospect' playing for Everton.
In July 2008, Stretford received an 18-month suspension by the Football Association and a 300,000- pound fine for breaking regulations when he signed Rooney.
The Rooney camp fear the case could become a potential distraction for Rooney in the run up to the World Cup year and his best ever season as the Premiership's leading scorer. (ANI)