Peter Crouch leaves out Cristiano Ronaldo from his greatest foreign Premier League XI

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Premier League great.

Sir Alex Ferguson decided to make Ronaldo the most expensive teenager in English football history when he paid £12.24 million for him in 2003.

That proved to be one of his best decisions as a manager.

Ronaldo went on to score 84 goals in 196 English top-flight games for Manchester United during a six-year spell.

Many would have Ronaldo in their side when naming the greatest XI in Premier League history.

But not Peter Crouch. In fact, in his column for the Daily Mail, he hasn’t even named the Portuguese in his greatest foreign XI of the Premier League era.

Peter Crouch’s XI (4-3-2-1)

GK: Peter Schmeichel

LB: Patrice Evra

CB: Virgil van Dijk

CB: Vincent Kompany

RB: Denis Irwin

CM: David Silva

CM: Patrick Vieira

CM: Kevin De Bruyne

CAM: Dennis Bergkamp

CAM: Gianfranco Zola

ST: Thierry Henry

Zola over Ronaldo? Really?

The Italian was a brilliant player during his spell with Chelsea. But was he on the same level as Ronaldo? Not a chance.

Even avid Chelsea supporters will admit that Ronaldo was a much better player than Zola.

That’s not the only controversial selection.

Crouch picked Schmeichel as his goalkeeper instead of Chelsea great, Petr Cech.

There has been a lot of debate over whether Van Dijk is better than Nemanja Vidic was at the moment.

But only one makes the side: Van Dijk.

Roy Keane is one of the greatest midfielders of all time but he doesn’t make the side.

David Silva does instead, which is baffling to me.

Silva is brilliant yes, but better than Roy Keane? I don’t think so.

Aguero also misses out on the line-up, with Thierry Henry preferred.

That isn’t exactly a controversial decision but Crouch denied the opportunity to put them both up-front together.

Other players that lit up the Premier League but miss out include Eric Cantona, Didier Drogba, Eden Hazard and Luis Suarez.

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