Ronaldo sold for £80m
Good bye to the “winker”
So Manchester United have just accepted a world record bid of £80m from Real Madrid for the mercurial talents of Christiano Ronaldo, the Portugese wonder winker. I’m no great fan of the English Champions but Manchester United, with Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm sure know how to do business and “ruthless” is his middle name, the Scottish manager has had no qualms in the past about allowing star quality to leave his team, because the team has always been bigger than the star.
Just look at the list of names that have in recent years been allowed to leave or retire from a team that for all intents and purposes looked as though it was at its peak: Roy Keane, Juan Sebastien Veron, Jaap Stam, Dwight Yorke, Andrew Cole, Karel Poborsky, Andrei Kanchelskis, Mark Hughes, Eric Cantona, Steve Bruce, Nicky Butt, Gordon Strachan, Gary Pallister, Peter Schmeichel, Tim Howard, Paul Parker, and David Beckham. All of them internationals and household names who graced the Premiership or Wembley Stadium, yet their reputations counted for nothing in comparison to the reputation and standing of Manchester United.
Ronaldo will be missed by some fans, but not for long, the team will go on and Sir Alex will use the cash to rebuild, once again playing to the strengths of his squad and ensuring that no damage is caused to his overall team ethics.
Ronaldo was exciting to watch when at his best, pacy with incredibly skills and dazzling feet with a determination matched only by Wayne Rooney’s, unfortunately he has become (in my opinion) one of the world’s worst ambassadors for the game, cynically going down easily in the box and selfishly piling pressure on to referees and officials. I do not doubt his competitiveness but he lacks the ability to show sporting magnanimity and displays little outward signs of respect for his opponents.
Like Maradonna and the “Hand of God”, Christiano Ronaldo will, for me, be always remembered as “the winker” who managed to con a referee into sending off Wayne Rooney in a World Cup match, his antics will probably be well received in Spain.
“After the Champions League final he criticised Sir Alex Ferguson’s tactics, he threw his toys out of the pram in the derby with Manchester City after he was substituted. He’s been very high maintenance.
The BBC’s Mike Ingham
Good bye you Portugese “winker”.
I hate to admit, but this was one of Shearer’s best bits of TV analysis, he really ought to stick to it.