Cristiano Ronaldo - The Man and the Legend at the World CupThe June 16, 2010, By Bernard Livette
Some may call him a Diva, some may call his spoiled. He complains of a lack of protections, shows that he feels that the World Cup is all about him. However, there is no doubt about it. The Premier league is not the same without Cristiano Ronaldo. ;
Even if we put aside the debate who is the world’s best football player for the moment, the fact that Ronaldo even is in the running shows that what he brings to the World Cup is far beyond almost any other player. Within 20 minutes of the start of Portugal’s game against Ivory Coast, Ronaldo showed everyone what the Brits missed out on, ever since he left Old Trafford for Real Madrid 12 months ago.
Ronaldo rattled the Ivory Coast with a 35 yard shot and tried a free kick from even further than that. Before the game had even begun, Ronaldo had already showed all the traits that made him universally loved and admired, and also loathed, during his time in England. However, whether you love him or hate him, Ronaldo is a player that makes things happen, a born showman.
Messi eclipsed Ronaldo in Spain last season, such was his brilliance for Barcelona, but don’t fall into the trap of dismissing Ronaldo’s talents. He is a wonderful player, a modern-day superstar, and, like it or not, Old Trafford and the Premier League are poorer, less interesting places, without him.