“Cristiano Ronaldo is doing fine. He is an excellent captain and an excellent player. He has nothing to prove. We are all united and ready to sacrifice ourselves for Portugal. Football has to be played as a team. When the team is well the individual values come to the surface. You cannot compare the performance in a club and the National Team, it has nothing to do with each other.” - Silvestre Varela - (Source, my translation)
CRISTIANO BEST PLAYER in LA LIGA Winner of the “Alfredo Di Stefano” trophy.
There were nine final candidates, but the result leaves no doubt: 35 votes for Cristiano, 30 for Messi and 4 for Iniesta.
Don Alfredo about the two best: “Each one in his style is a monster, but we shouldn’t forget that football is a team sport and so we can’t only to evaluate the personal performance. Still, they are both a hell of a footballer.”
On June 12th, Cristiano heard the good news, as Don Alfredo called him in the team hotel.
Don Alfredo: “Cristiano Ronaldo, please?” Cristiano: “Hello?” Don Aldredo: “Hello there, champion, I’m Alfredo Di Stefano. I wanted to tell you that you’ve won the trophy that bears my name.” Cristiano: “Thank you, Don Alfredo. It makes me very happy to hear that.” Don Afredo: “I’m glad it was you who won. The fans of Madrid congratulate you and wish you the best of luck and that everything is going right in the European Championship.” Cristiano: “Thank you, thanks, I’m very happy. It’s the first time that I win an award like this since I arrived at Real Madrid, thanks to the votes of a jury. I’d like to share it with all my team-mates because we have all had a great season. I’m very, very happy to receive this award. It is an honour to win it for the first time in my career.”
Why didn’t the media report much about that? Is it because it’s something positive about Cristiano?
Estou mto contente por termos ganho e só dependermos de nós.
Já houve alturas em que joguei bem, marquei e … não ganhei. Importante é a equipa e o objectivo de todos que é passar aos quartos. (Se formos campeões sem eu marcar assino já)”
Cristiano on Facebook, 14.06.2012 - my translation:
“I am very happy that we have won and we only depend on us. There have beentimes whenI playedwellandscored and …did not win. Only the team is important and the objective ofeveryone is to reach the quarter-final. (If we would become championswithout me scoring, I’m fine with that).”
Q:Some people chanted Messi's name whenever Cristiano had the ball. Poor guy. I'm not a Messi hater, but that was really rude because the chanters knew it was getting on poor Cristiano's nerves. Now he lashed out and said something he shouldn't have and I'm now certain that some people are going to call him arrogant and rude again without considering he was in a very emotional state of mind. How would the haters react if they were under pressure and people chanted their rival's name? :(
Oh well, this will never end … And of course the “journalists” jump on the opportunity and ask Cristiano directly after the match. That he didn’t answer like a diplomat is normal in such a situation, but now they have something more to fire against him.
These things really sadden me and I feel sorry for Cristiano. He is only human like all of us.
Cristiano Ronaldo is harder on himself then any other team mate, fan, hater, coach, commentator, or journalist will ever be.
And that worries me. Cristiano is mentally and physically strong, a fighter, a young man who achieved everything he has with his own hard work. And he is demanding perfection of himself. But nobody is perfect. Sometimes I fear for him that he could break down under all this pressure others and most of all he himself puts on him. He is only human. In moments like these he needs the emotional support of his friends, family and girlfriend - just like anybody else who is in trouble.
I feel very happy for Portugal but sad for Cristiano. Now the media have new reasons to slaughter him. They already started bashing him in the worst way. Of course he can be criticised for his unfortunate performance, but everybody just seems to wait for a chance to pour malice on him. I can’t understand this hate. They shouldn’t worry, Cristiano himself will be his own harshest critic …
It wasn’t Cristiano’s match, not at all. He appeared very tense and emotionally affected. Couldn’t turn 2 big chances into goals. Fortunately Pepe, Postiga and joker Varela scored and saved Portugal’s chances to pass the group stage. Força Portugal! Força Cristiano!