El Pais columnist: Cristiano Ronaldo is sad, absurd & a ridiculous person

El Pais columnist slams Cristiano Ronaldo
El Pais columnist slams Cristiano Ronaldo

The harshest criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps ever

A feature of Euro 2016 so far has been the constant criticism aimed at Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese superstar came into the European Championships in France off the back of Real Madrid’s 11th Champions League title, where Ronaldo scored the final penalty in a shoot-out win over Atletico Madrid.

But, besides his holiday in Ibiza, Ronaldo has had a pretty disastrous time of things since arriving in France.

Ronaldo has had a total of 20 shots on goal, without scoring. And, has been involved in a war of words with little old Iceland and missed a penalty against Austria.

It seems likely that Ronaldo will come good, most likely against Hungary on Wednesday, but for now the Portuguese superstar is being vilified from all angles.

Cristiano: greatness, sadness and absurdity

On Monday, Spanish newspaper El Pais published a withering column from John Carlin, who absolutely laid into Cristiano Ronaldo.

Forget the fact that Ronaldo should have scored more goals at Euro 2016, Carlin absolutely lays into the Portugal captain.

In an article titled: Cristiano: greatness, sadness and absurdity, Carlin writes “Never in the history of football was there someone who would combine such greatness as a player and be so ridiculous as a person.”

Carlin adds, after detailing Ronaldo’s spat with Iceland, just why the Portugal captain comes across so poorly.

A soft, spoiled child

The El Pais columnist highlights the death of Ronaldo’s father as a key moment in his upbringing. As a result, these three paragraphs are incredibly harsh.

“Ronaldo did not understand. The small mentality he has. It has to be said: never in the history of football there was someone who would combine such greatness as a player to such ridiculousness as a person. Ronaldo is the best proof that one may be rich, handsome and famous, and even that one can reach the top of being considered the second best player in the world and, at the same time, be a poor guy. He can surround himself with more and more Ferraris and Rolls-Royces or supermodels but he is not at peace with himself and, at the bottom, he is not happy.

But what people have to understand is that it is not his fault; the story of his life invites compression and forgiveness. His father was an alcoholic, was hardly present in his life and died when Ronaldo was 20 years old. The father figure was usurped by a bunch of vultures whose only interest was to get the greatest possible economic slice of his success. He hadn’t people around him that had the goodness to try to put his feet on the ground; He had false sycophants.

To understand the sad story just look at the documentary Ronaldo, a cinematic monument to its fragile narcissism premiered last year in London. He confessed there that he did not have many friends in football and trusted few people. One of those few is Jorge Mendes, his agent, who is seen in the documentary giving a speech at a private dinner with Ronaldo and friends where he praises the virtues of his favorite customer, the one that most income has generated. A normal person would have given a slap to Mendes, interpreting his praise as ridicule. Ronaldo accepted them with the literal and solemn naturalness of a god he believes he is. Poor. Below that body of Adonis superstar there is indeed a soft spoiled child. So much good luck he has had in life, and so much bad too.”


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