The following is a mini rant. There might be a few of them in the coming days.
“He falls rather easily for a big man.”
“He only scores tap-ins!”
“Full of himself, that Ronaldo.”
“He looks more like a doll than a footballer.”
“Who does he think he is? There is only one true Ronaldo.”
As a Barcelona supporter, I am expected to hate Real Madrid. Sure, I might get into a good old ribbing about our rivals from time to time, but I don’t hate them because that will mean hating everyone there and I’ll have to be bias with my reports. And I certainly don’t hate and take away anything from their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Yes, he can be a little full of himself and he might carry an ego chip on his shoulder, but he’s not the first, definitely isn’t going to be the last, and if anyone says otherwise, then somebody better tell me who Zlatan is.
Not everyone is perfect.
And this is what makes the world perfect.
The many different people with their many different flaws and their different cultures and their different personalities. You can’t expect everyone to be humble, sweet or just nice. There are the loud, flashy, flamboyant types, and we have to live with them on this planet. Even Zlatan calls the Brazilian Ronaldo the ‘one true Ronaldo’.
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro didn’t come here to be the next Ronaldo. He’s here to play football, represent his country, and break records. He might not have achieved all that Ronaldo has achieved, but he is bigger than Ronaldo in terms of popularity. Call me a liar. As a matter of fact, Google ‘Ronaldo’ and see which Ronaldo comes up. Had Cristiano claim to be trying to measure up to Ronaldo, then I could’ve seen everyone’s valid argument. He wasn’t named for any Brazilian Ronaldo. His name was inspired by his father’s favorite actor, Ronald Reagan.
Maybe Ronaldo de Assis Moreira was onto something when he decided to use Ronaldinho as not to be confused with Ronaldo, but Cristiano doesn’t care for he’s building his image and brand off the field and there’s only one true Cristiano. He’s not perfect, he isn’t trying to fit in anywhere, so deal with it and let him be Cristiano.