Cristiano Ronaldo boasts five Ballon d’Or awards to his name (Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list of Alan Shearer’s ultimate Premier League ballers.
The Manchester United forward, at 36 years of age, is showing no signs of slowing down having bagged a hat-trick in Portugal’s 5-0 rout of Luxembourg last night, becoming the first player in men’s international football to score 10 hat-tricks for his country.
His record in the Premier League isn’t bad either with 87 goals to his name in his two spells at Old Trafford.
While the goal stats speak for themselves, the Portuguese’s flair, trickery, speed and all-round dribbling skills are second to none when it comes to picking out the Premier League’s ultimate ‘baller.’
Alan Shearer, Micah Richards and Gary Lineker all picked Ronaldo as their No.1 baller when ranking their top 10 of the Premier League era.
Shearer opted for Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier in second, while ex-Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola and Luka Modric, formerly of Tottenham came third and fourth on his list.
Gianfranco Zola came in third on Alan Shearer’s top 10 list (Picture: Ben Radford /Allsport)
Discussing Ronaldo, Shearer told BBC Match of the Day’s Top 10 podcast: ‘He did have too much sauce when he was at Manchester United the first time – too many flicks and tricks and he wouldn’t cross it when he should’ve done.
‘But you have to have Ronaldo at number one.’
Two other ex-Chelsea and Spurs stars also made the top 10 with Eden Hazard coming in at sixth, one position behind England legend Paul Gascoigne.
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Shearer’s top 10 Premier League ballers
1) Cristiano Ronaldo
2) Matt Le Tissier
3) Gianfranco Zola
4) Luka Modric
5) Paul Gascoigne
6) Eden Hazard
8) Jay-Jay Okocha
9) Georgi Kinkladze
10) Dimitri Payet
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