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Ronaldo makes the cut in Keane’s top three Premier League players of all time

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The former Man Utd captain has rated the Premier League’s three greatest players in history and the current top three for this season.

Roy Keane has named his former Manchester United teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney as two of the three best Premier League players of all time. The Irishman’s third and final pick was Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry.

“I’ve certainly gone for Ronaldo, but I was looking at players in the Premier League. I have gone for Ronaldo, Rooney, and Thierry Henry,” Keane said on Sky Sports.

While Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry already retired from professional football a few seasons ago, Cristiano Ronaldo, the only still active player from this trio, is preparing for another World Cup with Portugal.

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Ronaldo’s numbers outperform the other two strikers

“They’re the three that I thought were brilliant players,” commented Keane on Rooney, Henry and Ronaldo. However, one player of the mentioned trio has significantly different goal stats than the other two former Premier League stars.

Thierry Henry managed 175 goals and 80 assists in 258 league games en route to two league titles across two spells between 1999 and 2012.

Rooney is currently the second-highest scorer in the English league’s history with 208 goals and 115 assists for United and Everton combined. He tasted league glory five times during his career.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, scored his 103rd Premier League goal in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Everton. The strike took to the three-time league winner’s overall club career tally to a record 700 goals.

Ronaldo is among the best, even during this season

Ronaldo, even at 37 years of age, still makes Keane’s list as one of the three best current players. Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland fill the other two spots.

“De Bruyne, Haaland, and Ronaldo,” added Keane. “De Bruyne, what he does week in, week out, his consistency is fantastic.

“You see what Haaland has done already, he’s new to the Premier League, and it is amazing what he can achieve over the next few years, particularly playing in a really good team like City and under Pep [Guardiola]. And you have to give Ronaldo credit for scoring 700 goals in his club career. It is amazing.”