25 GREAT­EST EPL PLAY­ERS 1CRISTIANO

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games -

No player has ever dom­i­nated and de­cided the Pre­mier League like Cris­tiano Ron­aldo did for Manch­ester United be­tween 2006 and 2009. Those three straight ti­tlewin­ning sea­sons – he won the 2008 Cham­pi­ons League too - re­main the high-point for con­sis­tent per­for­mance in the his­tory of this com­pe­ti­tion. And he was only 24 when he left for Real Madrid. Imag­ine what he could have achieved in Eng­land if he had stayed.

Be­hind Alex Fer­gu­son him­self, the next most im­por­tant man in es­tab­lish­ing Manch­ester United’s Pre­mier League hege­mony was Roy Keane. Ar­rived as the Bri­tish record sign­ing in 1993 but then in­spired United to the 1994 dou­ble, the 1996 dou­ble and best of all the 1999 tre­ble.

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