Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal
Full Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Date of Birth: 5th February, 1985
Position: Forward (Winger)
Current Club: Real Madrid (Spain)
2009/2010 Apps/Goals: 35/33
International Appearances: 70
International Goals: 22
Personal Accolades: 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year, 2008 Ballon d’Or winner
Often dubbed as the ‘winker’ in the English press for cocky attitude when he was with Manchester United, but after a summer switch to Spanish giants Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo claimed sole rights to being the most expensive player in the history of the game after Madrid purchased the cheeky Portuguese sensation for a staggering £80,000,000 during the summer of 2009. Did Madrid fans get their moneys worth? Some would argue perhaps not, as despite an unsurprising fruitful season in front of goal – scoring 33 goals in all competitions during 2009/2010 season – Real ended the campaign without a single winners medal; losing out to Lyon in the UEFA Champions League and Barcelona with the Spanish Primera title.
While Ronaldo may have finished his first season in Spain trophieless, he was the stand out performer in the Real Madrid side and formed a prolific striking partnership with Argentine Gonzalo Higuain. Between them the pair racked up 62 goals, with Ronaldo laying claim to 33 of those. However, whereas at the Santiago Bernabeu Ronaldo is accompanied by a team brimmed with star-studded players, for Portugal Ronaldo stands head and shoulders above every other player, so much so that without a Cristiano Ronaldo in the Portugal starting eleven, many would struggle find a case for Portugal winning.
Many were cracking a few jokes at Ronaldo’s expense for not winning any silverware this season but winners medals will come in due course, believe us when we say that. We don’t, however, envisage Ronaldo getting his hands on a FIFA World Cup winners medal, or the trophy for that matter, as lets not forget Ronaldo is the Portugal skipper believe it or not. For all Ronaldo’s brilliance; his speedy foot-work, silky skills and ruthless eye for goals, the rest of the Portugal team just doesn’t come anywhere near the quality of Ronaldo. As Ronaldo was quoted as saying in an honest interview not so long, ‘I’m not a miracle worker’ and we couldn’t have summed up his and Portugal current situation any better. Everyone in Portugal is pinning their hopes on Ronaldo have a superhuman tournament in South Africa and while the most expensive player on the planet is more than capable of dazzling us with a few 10/10 performances in South Africa, his best efforts won’t be enough to drag the rest of the Portuguese misfits over the line.
Because of the mass amounts of pressure being piled onto Ronaldo because of the lack of quality and strength in depth within the Portugal ranks, we wouldn’t be too surprised to see the playboy have a quiet summer. For all his sublime play, heck even his commendable determination and untameable winning mentality, Ronaldo is prone to getting hot under the collar and in a Portugal side which is average at best, the Madrid star might spend more time shouting abuse at his team-mates than celebrating goals. We hoper this isn’t the case as a Ronaldo at his best, happy and beaming with confidence, is a pleasure to watch.