man the thing i find the worst is he's basically garunteed the world player of the year award even if he makes an almightly fu** up by moving to madrid... no-one came even close to challenge him for it, (face it messi, kaka and any other name you can think of didn't do sh*t compared to him)... i totally beleive he deserve's it...
but it takes so much credit away from the former winners, ronaldo is an absolutly fantastic athlete and player, but his short-comings against important teams (i'm not talking about scoring goals, he did his job in that aspect) ronaldo's real faults were in his team preformances... only for a fantastic team around him he wouldn't have shone half as brightly...
take two years ago, Barcelona vs AC Milan champions leauge semi
ronaldinho stole the show that day, he was god of football at the time, gattuso man marking him and ronaldinho breezed past him constantly, the near the middle of the game he flicked the ball over jaap stam and passed it to guily and turned round with that trademark toothy grin and winked at puyol, he represtented all that was beautiful about the game skill, thrill but most important enjoyment...
ronaldinho got world player of the year the second time in a row that year (and he deserved it)
take 2002, Ronaldo (the real ronaldo)
at the world cup, this man was the heartbeat of the brazillian team, putting the ball in the net at the most important times, it got to the stage when he was scoring for fun (even in the final) a massive game, not once did pressure rock him, he was simply the best... and had been for the few years before that, i strongly beleive that if temptation and injuries didn't curse him he would have bin up with Maradona, Pele and Zidane as the greatest players to grace the game...
ronaldo won the world player of the year award 3 times (his first at the age of 20)
Zidane vs Brazil, 2006 world cup
everyone said he was too old, but zidane single handedly carried a brutal french team to the world cup final... all through his career his touch of gold amazed everyone who set eyes on him... witness his champions leauge final 'super volley' for madrid, countless moments of magic and finesse has lead him to win it 3 times, he came second in 2006 (but he should have come first, but for a nasty family remark by matteratzi)
Cristiano Ronaldo, AC Milan vs Man United 2007 semi final (both legs)
went into the games with huge pressure, milan planned to man mark him with gatusso, unlike what ronaldinho acheived the year before, ronaldo touched the ball twice...
Barcelona vs Man Untied 2008 semi
missed a peno in the 3rd minute, only went through thanks to united's true best player, paul scholes, and united were treated to an amazing preformance by lionel messi...
he went un-noticed in alot of big games this season (i know its cliched), and i do belive he is a fantastic player... but the real GREAT players don't miss penalties in semi-finals (i can't blame him for the final miss cause it can happen to anyone) GREAT players get standing Ovations off madrid fans playing for their rival team 'barca'
simply ronaldo has become an icon of hate and jeasolsy, he is fantastically skilled but he doesn make people's hearts thump with passion after 30 stepovers in anyway the same as ronaldinho doing 2
Ronaldo represents skill and anger because of his aroggant and selfish use of it
Ronaldinho represents skill and joy because of his genius use of it
ronaldo will ruin the game with his attitude to the game, right now he is brilliantly skilled and works hard for it... and idol for all kids, but he dives, he cries and he threatens to move to madrid for his girlfriend and money, which kids who love him will begin to look up to
Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Maradona all ruined their talent and ability by bad choices
i just hope CR7 stops himself before he makes one and ends up like the rest of them
and i know this sounds stupid, but i actually beleive fabregas was a contender for world player of the year this year (only for arsenal not winning anything), and if he continues to develop at this rate he will win it next year...
and he is the best player at the euro's, hasnt put a foot wrong... just try name someone more influencial