11 times Peter Crouch was a national treasure: Twitter jokes, meeting Ronaldo, go-karts…
Peter Crouch’s goofy, self-deprecating sense of humour has made the former Liverpool and Tottenham striker beloved across the country.
Famously awkward-looking at 6’7″, Crouch was initially written off as a gangly, awkward six-foot-seven teenage football hopeful, shunted from club to club before enjoying an incredibly successful career.
Since retiring in 2019, he’s established the popular ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’ and written a number of books that have been met with acclaim.
We’ve identified 11 moments that prove the former England international’s status as a national treasure.
We’ve all been there.
— Football on TNT Sports (@footballontnt) September 16, 2023
Truly a modest hero.
😂 @petercrouch really forgot that he'd scored in both legs of a Champions League quarter-final…
"Good times!" 👌 pic.twitter.com/yn8FDgVnCt
— Football on TNT Sports (@footballontnt) April 14, 2021
“I met Ronaldo once, actually. I was on holiday in Ibiza and I saw him on the beach. He was busy getting through bottles of beer and had an ashtray balanced on his stomach.
“Every time he finished his drink, the supermodel who was with him brought him another.
“The chance to have a picture with him was too good to turn down, so I went over. I hoped he was going to say: ‘Oh, you’re Crouch!’ but he didn’t have a clue who I was.
“The picture was taken and off I went with him oblivious to the fact I was a footballer.”
‘Just putting my cards on the table’.
Peter Crouch is a national treasure. pic.twitter.com/CtHWRaEnun
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) May 10, 2023
Rafa Benitez wanted to diffuse the tension by taking his Liverpool squad on a go-karting trip ahead of their 2007 Champions League Final clash with AC Milan.
“Everyone had stopped in the pits and as I came in, I came in fast for a bit of fun,” Crouch recalled.
“I slammed the brakes – gone. No brakes. It was literally Alonso or Kuyt and I thought, ‘Who do we need most?’
“I went straight into Kuyt.
“To be fair to him, he was so quick. My brakes had gone, I didn’t know what to do. He sort of spread his legs and I went through the middle of them.”
Better than Ronaldo
Crouch celebrated a goal in 2014 with an imitation of Cristiano Ronaldo, and took to Twitter to mock himself.
ImPECcable 🙈 pic.twitter.com/pTF2VdqcmR
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) December 6, 2014
Time for loved ones
Even in the off-season, the ex-England striker doesn’t ever miss a trick.
Summer for me is about time with family . pic.twitter.com/dtft1CZoyl
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 19, 2017
The giant striker posed for a picture with a jockey, and it was only going to end one way.
Perhaps I shouldn't stand next to jockeys 😕 pic.twitter.com/c3Ah9c9Pca
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) January 22, 2015
“I always feel everyone in football takes themselves really, really seriously. My problem was people scoring and not celebrating. You’ve got the best job in the world, just f*cking enjoy it,” he said in an interview with The Telegraph in 2019.
“I’d look at other players who were all, ‘urgh, I’ve got to do this, do that’, and couldn’t get my head around thinking it was a chore. Put it in perspective: you could be finishing at 8pm every night. We were finishing at one.”
Every dad in the country has done this joke and Crouch is all the more relatable for it.
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) October 3, 2014
One moment tops it all
A true family man.
I've had some proud moments in my career but 2nd in the dads race today was special .
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 30, 2017