He may not have the numbers of Cristiano Ronaldo or the brand reach of Neymay Jr, but Peter Crouch is undoubtedly one of the best football follows on twitter.
The former Spurs and Liverpool striker’s quick wit and lack of ego, despite being Premier League hero and England centre-forward, make him stand out in a timeline of professionally managed feeds and obsessive image control.
Last week, the big man – who, I don’t know if you heard, is surprisingly good with his feet – rose above the twitter chaff with his reaction to the birth of the royal baby:
Congratulations! It was a pleasure sharing your big day with you ?? x https://t.co/9SmuYgKhIP
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) April 24, 2018
It’s not the first time one of his social media jokes has gone viral.
After Cristiano Ronaldo’s wonder goal against Juventus, Crouchy leapt off the mark with this:
There is only a few of us who can do that
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) April 3, 2018
He can take random tweets in good humour too:
@petercrouch You ruin my life on Fifa
— Diamond (@J5Diamond) October 22, 2016
At least I’m getting a game somewhere ?? https://t.co/QabJ6HW3Ia
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) October 22, 2016
And then there are his own gaming exploits…
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) August 22, 2017
Even on hols he’s up for a laugh:
Summer for me is about time with family . pic.twitter.com/dtft1CZoyl
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 19, 2017
And he expertly handles awkward situations:
Perhaps I shouldn’t stand next to jockeys ? pic.twitter.com/c3Ah9c9Pca
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) January 22, 2015
Finally, he’s not afraid of making an ass of himself:
https://t.co/HaUkSBl5a0 – when’s your birthday my friend ?
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) October 28, 2015
He’s always had a sharper sense of humour than you might expect from professional footballer, but it’s great he’s willing to share his unique (6ft 7in in fact) perspective on twitter.
If you’re not following the Premier League goal-scoring legend, you’re missing out.