Zaha “As Important As Ronaldo”

Crystal Palace selling Wilfried Zaha would be like Real Madrid deciding to offload Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

That is the opinion of Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson, after seeing the former Manchester United forward complete a fine season with his ninth goal of the season in a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

The Eagles forward has been in impressive form this season, his influence a key factor in the London club’s rise to Premier League safety, having started the season with seven straight defeats.

Remarkably, Zaha missed nine league games in 2017/18 – with the Eagles losing every game.

And after scoring in their final game of the season in which Palace secured 11th place, Lawrenson reflected on his influence at Selhurst Park.

“Zaha is as important to Crystal Palace as Ronaldo is to Real Madrid”, commented the former Reds defender who won five league titles and the 1984 European Cup during his seven-year playing career at Anfield during the eighties.

“It is like they call it in America, when they build their whole team and everything about it around one person.”

Champions Manchester City, plus Champions League qualifiers Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have been linked with the 25-year-old, who will also enjoy a summer off, with Ivory Coast having failed to qualify for the World Cup.

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