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Paul Gascoigne gives Wayne Rooney another £40… eighteen years after giving him money for the first time

Gazza was so impressed with the performance of 14-year-old Rooney in a youth game that he chucked him a couple of notes

Few players have ever been as popular as Paul Gascoigne.

And the Geordie legend has lived up to his reputation once again by giving Wayne Rooney £40… just like he did 18 years ago.

The pair were reunited at Everton’s training ground earlier this week and notorious prankster Gazza was never going to miss the chance to keep the pair’s long-running joke going.

Gazza says hello to the Everton ace, but the best is yet to come

Gazza and Wazza

The Geordie legend then hands over £40 in cash to Rooney

Gascoigne hands over the cash, much to Rooney’s amusement

The two England footballing legends then embrace in a heartwarming scene

Pure class

The origins of the joke date back to 2000 when Gazza was coming to the end of his career.

Contracted to Everton, the England legend decided to check out a youth game that just so happened to feature future England top-scorer, Wayne Rooney.

After the game, Gazza entered the changing room to congratulate Rooney on his performance.

The promising 14-year-old cheekily told the legendary midfielder that he was ‘going out’ that night and so Gazza gave him £40 to spend on a good time.

Gazza played for Everton between 2000-2002

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Gazza played for Everton between 2000-2002

Paul Gascoigne then had a good old chinwag with Everton striker Wayne Rooney

Arguably the two most talented players England has ever produced

The two England legends then embraced for a hug in a heartwarming meeting

It was a heartwarming moment

The two footballing legends then posed for the obligatory photo at Finch Farm

Just a joyous photo

Fast-forward 18 years and Rooney has earned enough money for a lifetime of good nights out.

Which just makes Gazza’s gesture even better.

What a hero.

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