BBC Match of the Daypundits Alan Shearer and Micah Richards have unanimously agreed that Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney is the greatest teenager in the history of the Premier League (PL). Micah Richards and Alan Shearerselected a list of the top ten teenage stars in the history of the Premier League and the aforementioned Rooneywas at the top of their respective lists.
Micah Richards told BBC Match of the Day podcast that Rooney embodied bursting onto the scene as a teenager and that he changed everything. Podcast moderator Gary Lineker also said that Rooney was so good and competitive. The former Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona added that he worked too hard running back and chasing defenders before saying that it might be the reason for the injuries during his career.
Richardspicked Nicholas Anelka of Arsenal as the second on his list behind Rooney, while Shearer went for Robbie Fowler of Liverpool as the second teenage star on his list. Both named Michael Owen as third.
Newcastle United legend Shearer went for Cristiano Ronaldo as his fourth best teenage star, while the Portuguese was ninth on the list named by Richards. On why Ronaldo was so low on his list in ninth position, ex-Aston Villa and Manchester City defender said that Ronaldo was a bit of a showpony when he joined the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon in his native Portugal.