London, Jan.17 (ANI): Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney blew a kiss and raised his arms to the sky as a mark of respect for Rosie McLoughlin, the 14-year old sister of his wife Coleen, after he scored the winning goal against West Ham United at Old Trafford in their FA Cup replay match on Wednesday.
Rooney's sister-in-law Rosie died after a lifelong struggle with Rett Syndrome, a genetic disorder, the Daily Mirror reports.
Hailing Rosie as an inspiration, a heartbroken Rooney took out an almost full-page advertisement in his local paper, the Liverpool Echo, to make an emotional tribute to his sister-in-law.
Coleen, who rushed back from a family vacation at Barbados with son Kai to be at Rosie's side, said that she still can't get over Rosie's loss, who was like an angel sent to them.
Coleen's parents, Tony and Colette McLoughlin, with the knowledge that she was disabled, adopted Rosie.
It was Rooney's first game after he suffered a training ground injury, tearing a ligament on the back of his knee, on Christmas Day.
Manchester United had also granted him compassionate leave after Rosie's death. (ANI)