Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo had a somewhat eventful match in La Liga at the weekend, showing both his brilliance and stupidity in 90 minutes against Almeria. A goal, a selfish and unimpressive goal celebration, a missed penalty and a red card that emanated out of petulance all featured in the match that Real eventually won 4-2 after much difficulty. Even in a team of Galacticos, Ronaldo still manages to steal the limelight away from his teammates, but why does he have to go and let himself down?
Let’s start with the good. Ronaldo was an attacking threat throughout the match at the Bernabeu and his skill and ability on the ball is something that the Premiership misses. The Portuguese forward hit one of his trademark dipping free-kicks that was just kept out by the Almeria goalkeeper, but he wasn’t going to be kept off the score sheet for long. Ronaldo capped off a flowing Real Madrid move with a simple tap in, not exactly the hardest finish.
Then Ronaldo went on to show off his physique, an action that earned him a yellow card and also had most football fans wanting to give him a slap. A six-pack has got nothing on a beer belly, definitely isn’t worth the alleged 3,000 sit ups he does every day. But worse than that Ronaldo selfishly celebrated all on his own, when he should have gone over and thanked Higuain who had done all the hard work and put the ball on a plate for him. It doesn’t come as a surprise from a man with a huge ego, but worse was yet to come.
So now Ronaldo was on a yellow card, not forgetting that he missed a penalty less than five minutes earlier. The rebound was controversially struck home by Karim Benzema, but Ronaldo was too embarrassed to join in the celebrations. Then with Real 4-2 up, in a moment of madness Ronaldo inexplicably kicked out at Juanma Ortiz. He was rightfully shown his marching orders and Ronaldo’s eventful match was brought to a premature end.
Ronaldo told AS after the game: “I was sent off because I reacted instinctively. I also wish to apologise for that.” But the Portuguese star must be glad that he doesn’t have to answer to Sir Alex Ferguson anymore, as the Manchester United manager would have been fuming at Ronaldo’s behaviour. The Fergie hairdryer would definitely have been used. Maybe Ronaldo was just annoyed that Portugal were drawn in the Group of Death in the World Cup, difficult encounters with Brazil and the Ivory Coast may mean that Ronaldo isn’t the centre of attention. We wouldn’t want that would we?
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