England face Brazil on Saturday in Qatar and Crouch confesses he still follows Ronaldo's career at Corinthians now.
"Ronaldo was a great hero of mine. He still is," said the Tottenham striker. "I used to love watching him.
"Even as a professional, I admit there is something special about playing for Brazil.
"We all grew up watching the great Brazil teams and all those great flair players. It is a great fixture. They are a fantastic team, full of world-class players."