The absurdity of the Cristiano Ronaldo saga has reached an all-time low. The constant back and forth between Manchester United and Real Madrid had been tiresome for some time and then FIFA president Sepp Blatter decided to stick his nose into the drama. He accused United of treating Ronaldo like Kunta Kinte. When Ronaldo was informed of Blatter’s comments, he had no problem agreeing with them.
‘I agree with what he said. It’s true. I agree with the president of FIFA. I know what I want and what I would like.
‘We have to see what happens.
‘What the president of FIFA said is correct. At the moment I don’t say anything more. ‘I don’t know whether or not there is slavery in football. I don’t say anything.’
Ronaldo shouldn’t complain. He’s definitely in the house considering he makes £120,000 a week. Talk to the players in the field like Wes Brown who only makes £50,000 a week. Who will give them free?
Teams are stupid enough to pay players absurd salaries and wonder why they become such spoiled prima donnas. Ronaldo is in the first year of a five-year contract and is trying to force his way out of Old Trafford.
Asked if he wished to go to Real Madrid, he said: ‘At the moment I can’t say any more. You know what I said and what I want.
‘At the moment we’re going to see what happens.’
The sad thing about it is that he might get his wish. As much as I would love to see the back of him, it would be wise of United to make an example of him and keep him at the club as long as possible even if it means letting him rot in the reserves. There has to be some loyalty considering the way the team protected him after his World Cup theatrics. There has to be some order considering he just signed a new contract. One has to wonder whether there’s any point to contracts in sports.
Portugal manager and Captain Ramsey doppelganger Luiz Felipe Scolari knows how to play the game. On July 1, he will start his new job as Chelsea manager. In the meantime, he’s focused on the task at hand which is steering Portugal through the Euro.
No one doubts that lifting the trophy in Vienna is Scolari’s main goal but he also has time to counsel his players on their club life. Rumors abound that he has advised Cristiano Ronaldo to transfer to Real Madrid. They are desperate to have him and willing to break the bank to make it happen.
Scolari has even praised him in front of the press during the tournament.
“Ronaldo’s secret thing is the one you all know. He is simple, humble and a magnificent worker. He is part of a group to which he is dedicated and has a will to win of such strength that I have never seen it in anyone else. The others in the group soak up this incredible will to win, dedication and talent. On top of that, he has all his technical qualities. For me, he is one of a kind.”
Sir Alex Ferguson must be turning redder than usual as he watches Scolari push Ronaldo away from Manchester in order to ease Chelsea’s path to another Premiership title. It’s bad enough for him that Real has been blatantly tapping Ronaldo up for weeks. We can’t wait to see how Scolari and Fergie get along especially if Ronaldo forces a transfer to Real. Bring on the new season already.
One would think the pressure would be off Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz after completing the double this season. In the words of an American resident idiot (the sign), “not so fast, my friends”.
Queiroz is losing his mind over the protracted battle with Real Madrid over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Cristiano Ronaldo will never be Spanish! As they will never take Olivenca again,” he told the Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias, referring to the small town on the disputed border between the two countries. He also delved further into the historic rivalry, alluding to explorer Christopher Columbus – who both countries claim as their own – and the Spanish Philippine Dynasty, which ruled Portugal from 1580 until the bloodless revolution of 1640.
“They already did the same with Christopher Columbus, and it now seems they want to naturalise Cristiano Ronaldo,” the United No 2 added. “Have they already forgotten what we did to them in the past? We will never lose our patience.”
With Portugal preparing for Euro 2008, Queiroz knows the furore could not have come at a worse time. “It’s being done in a manner to distract the Portugal team, at the height of their preparations for the European Championships,” he said. “But I am convinced that despite pressure from the Spanish press he will not change his nationality.”
Sounds like someone could use a horse tranquilizer or a roofie-filled burger. Hopefully Queiroz’s words will start an Iberian conflict that will work as a cover so Portugal and Spain can annex Andorra like the Sudetenland. Mwhahaha! I love it when a plan comes together.
One more post for today before I leave my mom’s basement. We forgot to post the full version of Nike’s “The Next Level” commercial featuring more Nike-sponsored footballers than you can shake a stick at. I guess Guy Ritchie had to find something to do while his wife fights the Malawian authorities, freaks Justin Timberlake and pretends to kiss underage girls.
1. I thought I spotted a John Terry lookalike around :43. I doubt it because Chelsea’s sponsored by Adidas.
Here’s a preview of Guy Ritchie’s new Nike Football commercial which will be shown in its entirety during today’s Champions League match between Manchester United and Barcelona. It features Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas, William “Wah” Gallas, Marco Materazzi, and Arsene Wenger. Ronaldinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ruud Van Horseyface also appear in the ad.