Wayne Rooney was the target of a recent joke by a senior British judge who questioned the amount of public appearances by the Manchester player when he told a court: “It's a wonder he's got time to play.”

Lord Justice Sullivan was responding to statements during a recent sitting of the Court of Appeal in London where a sports management firm is at war over a previous contract with the 25-year-old player.

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The judge made his comments while a barrister outlined Rooney’s contract details in which the Manchester United player makes special commercial appearances as well as wearing a certain brand of boot.

“It's a wonder he's got time to play football, he's making so many personal appearances,' said Lord Justice Sullivan.

“For Nike, for Coca-Cola... It's a wonder he's got time to practice.”