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Sunday, April 02, 2006
FIFA Street 2 - 'Street Skillz'

i'm so glad that ronaldo is the cover footballer of the new version of Fifa Street...i'm getting to see all these amazing video footages thanks to that  Big Smile

watch ronaldo dribble in the alleys and cage of england...you'll forget that you're watching a 21 year old, multi millionaire footballer who appeared on the cover of vogue.he's just your regular football obsessed guy with nifty footwork in these videos, with no editing or special effects.

         Urban Flair      Long Range Accuracy      Scoring Street Style     


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United vs Bolton
 

just last wednesday ronaldo looked like he was really enjoying his football, but another incident involving a referee turning a blind eye to a foul on him left ronaldo frustrated and seething with anger.an angry ronaldo looks irresistable (from a girl's p-o-v) but one thing's for sure, he isn't half as effective.
ronaldo started brightly (albeit a little late, since neville was back as right back and did his usual 'ignore-ronaldo' routine for the first few minutes).anyway, when ronaldo got the ball and started running at the defenders, he looked unstoppable, and his pin point cross to rooney in the 10th minute or so added a threatening end product to his pacy run.had rooney not fluffed that shot, and saha reacted quicker to a great corner taken by ronaldo from the left, united would've had two more goals in the first half, and ronaldo would've had 2 assists by then.

ronaldo seemed to be closely marked by atleast 2 bolton players the entire first half, one of them being stelios ginakpxznbcxu (pictured above) who had the nerve to ignore all the voices raised against diving recently when he indulged in some theatrics at ronaldo's expense.while the two were fighting for the ball, stelios collapsed and clutched his face like his eye had just been plucked out.sure enough, the referee fell for it and gave a foul against ronaldo...replays showed that ronaldo didn't as much as brush his hand against his face.no wonder ronaldo looked like he could kill the referee.

ronaldo didn't see much of the ball for long stretches of the game.it's like when he loses the ball once, his teammates stop trusting him with it, so he's the last passing option.anyway, one positive build up by united in the second half ended with ronaldo shooting only inches above the bar.the goal keeper hardly reacted

 
and had the ball gone in, it would've been another long range special from ronaldo.
the clear agitation at decisions going against him showed in ronaldo's play and the referee finally booked him.though ronaldo reacted with a sarcastic applause and you-cant-be-serious smile, the booking seemed to calm him down and after ruud's introduction, ronaldo played with new drive and motivation.he was back to his 'west ham' form and was being a thorn in bolton's defence with his pace and creative passing.one dangerous, pin point - okay: beckhamesque- cross from ronaldo could've been poked in by ruud but he appeared to be fouled and his penalty claims were turned down.then ronaldo presented saha with a goal scoring opportunity on a silver platter when he received the ball from ruud, ran to the 18 yard box and made an unselfish pass to saha to leave him one-on-one with the goal keeper but the latter's shot was blocked.ronaldo was denied two more assists.anyway, all's well that ends well and united got the 3 points at the end of the game.

by the way, time's running out for ronaldo to win his 15 goal bet with ferguson.united have 6 more games to play in which ronaldo needs to score 4 more goals to reach his target.it would be awesome if he scored them against arsenal, tottenham and chelsea.

Sky Sports

a few ronaldo clips from yesterday's game thanks to Ronaldo7

after figo 'recommended' ronaldo to real madrid's president, ronaldo has confessed that he's like to play in the spanish league some day:

"If God wants it then one day I will play in the Spanish league," Ronaldo told Marca. "It is one of my aims, but I am just starting out in the game.

Despite the rumours, Ronaldo is in no hurry to leave Old Trafford, where he has a contract until 2010 and insists that he is not distracted by stories linking him with Madrid

"I am playing for one of the biggest clubs and only think about Manchester United," he concluded.

i for one sure want to see ronaldo in the spanish league...just don't know when.

ronaldo, february's Opta player of the month, landed the fifth position in the Opta list for his performance through out march:

Cristiano Ronaldo also enjoyed an impressive March, peppering the opposition goal with a total of 19 attempts and bagging the opening goal in the 2-1 win against Wigan. The wily winger also provided two goal assists as well as setting up 14 goalscoring chances for his team-mates, a divisional high for the month.

Player Club Index Score
Henry Arsenal 2255
Vidic Manchester United 1644
Mendes Portsmouth 1642
Adebayor Arsenal 1516
Ronaldo Manchester United 1483

he set up 14 goal scoring chances...14.of which only two were converted into goals.and people say he has no end product.


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Thursday, March 30, 2006
United vs West Ham

it's been a while since united played a mid-week game and i actually enjoy staying up late, fighting sleep in an attempt to not miss anything that unfolds on the tv screen and being jolted awake from my half drowsy state every time ronaldo does something amazing.makes the whole ronaldo experience a lot more surreal.yes, watching him is an experience on its own.

 

yesterday's game saw another emphatic performance from ronaldo.i loved everything about it - his amazing acceleration, mazy runs, how-did-he-do-that ?! moves and even ball distribution and crosses.i thought ronaldo saw more of the ball on the right wing than he has in recent matches...maybe it was down to pique playing in neville's position as he seemed more willing to feed the ball to ronaldo.not much has been said about this but i thought ronaldo picked out his teammates really well with his passes, he made use of every little opening.though details of both the halves are hazy, i recollect a ronaldo penalty appeal being turned down (no, it wasn't a dive), a few good crosses which weren't taken advantage of by the players in the box and one of those jolt-me-awake moments.ronaldo had moved to the left wing from the right, and after receiving the ball and advancing with a few graceful strides, in one sudden, unexpected and quick move he accelerated past benayoun and was...gone.vintage ronaldo.

the first 10 to 15 minutes of the second half saw united play some free flowing, entertaining football. ronaldo wetted my appetite for some hardcore skills when some nifty footwork left two west ham players rooted to their place and the entire stadium buzzing.the reaction of the crowd must've excited ronaldo as his next few touches were some skill or the other.he even did his 'keepy uppy' trick, the one that had the andy-s green and gray fuming at its "disrespectful" nature (what next, ronaldo's skills encourage racism in football?). there was only one instant where i thought ronaldo should've done better...i love his rabonas but this time the better option was to pass and he realised that the second after he did the move.the second half saw more of ronaldo's killer pace as he outran the west ham left back to put the ball to rooney with his left foot.it was great work from ronaldo and his ability to use both feet is a big advantage for him.anyway, rooney hit the crossbar so what could've been an impressive assist came to nothing.had ruud and rooney converted all the great chances created for them by ronaldo so far, ronaldo would've had a lot more than just 5 assists this season.ronaldo's pace continued to create problem and at one point, while running down the right wing, ronaldo fell down after being tackled by a defender but he was up in a split second and won a throw in.i love seeing such determination from ronaldo.it's hard not to have faith in his development when you see him play that way.
while ronaldo's skills were a joy to watch, he did end up giving the ball away a few times but i don't see why some are using that as an excuse to single out cristiano for criticism.all through the match i saw every player give away possession in some way or the other.everytime ronaldo picked out ruud with a pass, the latter's knee gave way mysteriously whenever a defender approached him from the back so there went united's possession.some of park's runs were halted by easy tackles.don't get me wrong, i like them both but if we are going to point out how united kept giving the ball away, we might as well mention all the guilty parties.

Sky Sports

(highest rating on sky)

big praise for ronaldo from west ham's manager pardew
Sportinglife:
"We can take a lot out of this game. We have come to a world-class club and played against world-class players.

"A lot of our players have made a huge step this year. To see Cristiano Ronaldo playing like he did shows the level of individual we are now in the grace of."

Video Clips:
Great skill by Ronaldo
Ronaldo sets up Rooney brilliantly
Ronaldo's rabona
Ronaldo's run -  falls then quickly gets up

courtesy of : Carabineri

Match compilation by golden boot (you have to watch it)

here's a must see video of ronaldo vs zlatan, a new ad shot for nike's joga bonito which highlights "skill"

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Why The World Cup Is Crucial For Ronaldo
 

it seems like whichever site or forum i go to, ronaldo is a victim of stereotype, and opinions on him are greatly generalised, sometimes even prejudiced.i cannot really fault some of them as they don't watch ronaldo on a weekly basis, but they still feel the need to comment on him, ending up sounding like the average english football pundit with the 'all flash and no/scant end product' view.people deny it, but they're greatly influenced by the media's approach to certain players.when talking about the likes of messi and rooney,most football fans automatically praise them even if they haven't been particularly impressive in recent matches but with ronaldo, it's a matter of thinking twice before crediting him with something, even if he has been playing well.the media hasn't really made much of the fact that since ronaldo found his form after his 3 match ban, united as a team have been playing better.so this observation has gone largely unnoticed. ferguson recently pointed out the extent to which the media inlfuences opinion when he questioned the efficiency of the FA's compliance unit :"The compliance unit doesn't react unless the press report it. When Stephen Jordan made that horrific tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo, the press didn't report it and the compliance unit did nothing."

general opinion on ronaldo ranges from the ignorant to the absolute ludicrous.the other day i came across someone who said cristiano was the most predictable player around because he's breaks into a stepover sequence everytime he gets the ball.seriously, when was the last time you watched him play? ronaldo has long proved those who criticised him for a being a "one trick pony" wrong.ofcourse, now those same poeple have given him the "no end product" tag but if you're going to sit and criticise him, the least you can do is read up on ronaldo's latest 'flaw'.speaking of end product, no player in the world has a 100% conversion rate and in ronaldo's case, his 'lack' of finishing is greatly exaggerated.those who don't watch him regularly are bound to produce the same point over and over again in defence of their criticism of ronaldo.
and then there was a member who was convinced that ronaldo was an international flop who has done nothing for the portugal national team so far.i cannot imagine anyone in his or her right frame of mind making that claim since ronaldo has been one of the primary reasons for portugal's great euro 2004 form and unbeaten run in the qualifiers by scoring goals, making assists and simply being present on the field.


 

this is where the world cup steps in.ignorant views stem from seldom watching a player or team play and the world cup would provide the ideal platform for ronaldo to show the world what he's all about.it's more or less a make or break situation, ronaldo has to sieze this opportunity or be written off permanently.the likes of rooney can afford to have a bad torunament as they always get the recognition they deserve (and at times, don't deserve) anyway, but sadly that's not the case with ronaldo.i do acknowledge that not everbody is compelled to love ronaldo but it gets highly irritating and frustrating when people criticise him for the wrong reasons.ronaldo has to help his country go far in the competition and prove his many critics wrong...i can feel the pressure already.

on a slightly different note, given that ronaldo continues to have a free role in the portuguese team, his ability to play in all forward positions (wing/centre midfield/upfront) would also be highlighted and that's crucial in deciding where he's used for his club because, although his pace and trickery have made him a success on the wings, i've always felt that he'd be more lethal as an attacking midfielder or support striker.

this is a big year in ronaldo's career and judging from recent interviews, he's fully aware of what's expected of him.as for me, i can hardly wait for the world cup to get underway.


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Monday, March 27, 2006
United vs Birmingham

writer's block has complicated my task of updating this blog and i've been putting off writing something for the past half hour or so because i don't know where to begin!anyway, putting this less than perfect introduction behind and getting straight to the match, ronaldo's passing had me drooling yesterday - yes, i'm talking about his beautifully executed chip to rooney which left the latter one on one with the goalkeeper.for all the talk on ronaldo having no vision or football brain and other nonsense of that sort, he showed great presence of mind with that one move.even though i was watching the game on tv, and had an aerial view of birmingham's half, i wouldn't have thought of doing that.take a bow, cristiano.

ronaldo was having something of an off-day as far his his tricks were concerned but otherwise, his passing and mazy runs made him one of the best united players on the field.remember when he streaked down the wing and put in a perfect cross which richardson couldn't really convert? and when he went past 4 birmingham players with his pace alone only for his efforts to go to waste by ruud's offside position? after the game, some were of the view that ronaldo was wasteful and unnecessarily elaborate at times but i recall only one incident where he probably should've done better than give the ball away, otherwise i thought he played a pretty direct game and when he lost the ball a few minutes before the end of the match, he went back and calmly retrieved it.he seems to doing that more often these days.

ronaldo had a hand in two of united's three goals.he won a free kick near birmingham's 18 yard box which giggs converted for united's 1st, and it was also his flicked header right into rooney's path that set up united's 3rd.2 great moves initiated by ronaldo to set up rooney had earlier been wasted by the latter so it was something of a relief to finally see rooney do justice to ronaldo's efforts.

Sky Sports

Sky Sports
Again Giggs was involved as his flick from Cristiano Ronaldo's pass sent Rooney clear, but the England man could only fire his left foot effort just wide of Taylor's post.

Then an even better chance came, this time it was Ronaldo who threaded the ball through the static City defence - only for Rooney to once again fire wide with Taylor looking beaten.

The goal was real route-one stuff as van der Sar's clearance was flicked on by Ronaldo, Rooney took the ball down and past Martin Latka before firing past the stricken Taylor.

BBC
But the abiding memory of the first half an hour will have been United's dynamic play with Rooney and Ronaldo in their element as they displayed some devastating footwork.

Rooney should have got on the scoresheet himself but squandered two clear-cut chances after being put through by Ronaldo.

Times Online
Rooney then contrived to miss two one-on-ones • the first from a beautiful flick by Giggs, the second from a delicious chip from Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a field day

Clips
Ronaldo and Giggs set up Rooney
Ronaldo's audacious chip to set up Rooney
Ronaldo's assist for United's 3rd
clips courtesy of chazo

Match compilation by footyfanatic

after city fans voted ronaldo the most notorious diver in the premiership which is a blatant lie, i think i'll take scant comfort in the news that Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, said Drogba should follow the example set by Cristiano Ronaldo and learn to stay on his feet when tackled.
M.E.N.
"We had a similar thing in the past with Cristiano Ronaldo and he was known for going to ground too quickly. He is looking to remove that from his game and as a result he is a much better player."

and this is another must see video of ronaldo teaching some lucky kids a few tricks, also includes SAF and wes brown's interview where they talk about ronaldo:


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thanks to footyfanatic

lastly, here's the new Galp ad featuring ronaldo, quaresma and postiga

      

Download here.thanks to Andre Murracas


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Sunday, March 19, 2006
United vs West Brom

i was pretty satisfied with ronaldo's performance yesterday.he didn't get a touch of the ball in the first 2 to 3 minutes because neville opted to make his usual crosses into the centre (and apparently someone complained on MUTV that ronaldo was ignoring neville's overlapping runs...talk about irony).but when he did get an opportunity to run with the ball or distribute it, he did a commendable job.the free kicks weren't clicking this game but he seems to be working really hard on getting them right in training.the probabilty of hitting one similar to his goal against fulham is pretty low given the extraordinary swerve that it took, so maybe ronaldo should opt for curving the ball at times, instead of trying to hit it with great power.
i loved the part where he outmuscled inamoto and ran almost 70 yards with the ball before it, unfortunately, ended in the keeper's arms.


Ronaldo with goalscorer Saha

i was relieved to see him use some tricks in the game.it was a welcome change from his 'barren' performance against newcastle.whether it was backpasses or nutmegs, ronaldo spiced up the game with his trademark moves and it's a shame that replays of some of those tricks weren't shown, especially his pass to neville in the 41st minute.

i thought ronaldo had an excellent second half.going past players with extreme ease, making dangerous passes into the box, dispossessing players, initiating quick counter attacks and winning free kicks at threatening areas, he was unstoppable.at one point he took on three players and drove a fierce shot at goal.i think he deserved to get atleast one goal but he did get what proved to be the all crucial assist for united's 2nd goal (the match ended 2-1) so all didn't go to waste.it was a pleasure watching ronaldo player like that because it has been a while :)

Sky Sports


ronaldo also made it to sky sport's team of the weekend
Sky Sports

Independent
MAN OF THE MATCH
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester Utd

The Portugese winger turned on all the tricks but in a disciplined manner and was at times unplayable

Videos clips:
Ronaldo's assist
Ronaldo nutmegs Robinson
Ronaldo nutmegs Greening
Ronaldo's no-look-pass
Ronaldo's clever backheel to Neville
Inamoto eats Ronaldo's dust
Ronaldo takes on three defenders and shoots
Ronaldo dribbles inside the box

all clips courtesy of Carabineri

match compilation by golden boot

and this video is not related to the west brom match but it's a must see:
Ronaldo dancing with the ball in the Portugal dressing room after the KSA match.
isn't he amusing? and he even megged the guy in the suit.


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Thursday, March 16, 2006
Time To Set A Few Things Straight
  • Ronaldo does NOT dive

contrary to popular belief, ronaldo has grown out of his diving antics along with his penchant for bright coloured shirts.i admit he was pretty bad in his first season at united but he has definitely cut it out from his game now.yet, the media continues to refer to ronaldo as a player who's prone to diving, a case in point being :"The guy was immense all game and ran the show like a Cristiano Ronaldo, with the fancy footwork, silky tricks and great goals, but without the diving theatrics."


The last time I watched him dive...

i think there's a big difference between going to ground after coming into contact with a player, and collapsing (at times even when there's no contact) and rolling around feigning injury.i've never seen ronaldo do the latter.some may argue that he goes to ground easily but looking at the speed at which he runs and the quickness of his feet, i think the slightest of touches can knock him off his feet.

then comes the issue of how he goes to ground when he does fall.according to my brother, ronaldo going to ground when challenged doesn't bother him as much as the face he makes while falling.in response, here's an excerpt from the Scotsman  which, i think , sums up the impractical nature of people's demand for a less theatrical way to go to ground:
During the match between Portsmouth and Manchester United at the weekend, United's Cristiano Ronaldo was tackled as he waltzed through the defence and down he went. Ronaldo is a gifted and exciting player who plays his football as a matador plays his bulls, "close to the horns", and in consequence is always going to invite the attentions of defenders who might not fully appreciate the subtleties of his art.

The commentator didn't seem to be too taken by the subtleties either, for he remarked unfeelingly: "He goes to ground somewhat theatrically." This seemed harsh, for how else is a footballer supposed to go to ground? Or, to put it another way, how does he go to ground untheatrically? When tripped, is he supposed to stiffen, keep his arms close to his sides and fall, tree-like, with thumbs regimentally aligned with the seams of his shorts? As it was, Ronaldo went down in a heap, which seemed perfectly natural to me.

and what's with referees not giving fouls ronaldo's way even when he's flattened or hacked to the ground? are they waiting for him to break a leg or two? if they let the jeers, or the 'diver' tag the media has made almost synonymous with ronaldo,  influence their decisions, i have to say they should be ashamed of themselves for not doing their job the way it should be done.

  • What happened to "giving credit where it's due"?

hearing the sky sports commentators heap rooney with praise during the newcastle game and claim he 'carried united in the last few matches' didn't come as much of a surprise to me.not because it's true, but because that's what they always say regardless of how he plays.in reality, even the most ardent of rooney fans would have to admit that he hasn't been playing well in the last 10 games or so.ofcourse, exhaustion is a ready excuse in his case but when we tried defending ronaldo by bringing up his off field troubles which were beyond his control, we were told that we could no longer make excuses for him.


Where's my due?

anyway, i fail to comprehend how the commentators even considered crediting rooney for united's recent wins when he hasn't been the game-winner in any recent matches.people are so quick to forget ronaldo's two braces that won games for united,games in which rooney was non existent.what about his goal and semi assist that sealed a surpise win against wigan.though united lost to blakcburn, ronaldo's persistence got united a second goal and he even had a hand in united's 3rd.who remembers the bolton game where ronaldo and rooney both played extremely well, except that ronaldo scored two goals to add to his great performance.rooney was picked the official man of the match, and there i was thinking that goals count for something. looks like ronaldo will never get enough appreciation, praise or credit even if he leads united to treble glory.that's the way it is.and for that very reason,apart from some exceptions,i'll never take any football-related opinion coming from england seriously.yes, it's my turn to stereotype and generalise.

  • Ronaldo is not the only winger in the team

why does every single person hold ronaldo responsible for ruud's dissatisfaction with the service he receives? yes, he replaced david pin-point-cross-set-piece-guru beckham but that doesn't mean his attributes have to be identical to that of his predecessor.ronaldo brings things to united's game that beckham never offered and i fail to understand why nobody demands early crosses from other wingers in the team like park and giggs.ronaldo is not so one-dimensional to cross the ball into the box every time he receives it on the wing or at the most, run to the by-line before crossing.he wants to take on defenders, cut in and shoot or make a pass into the centre and he has every right in the world to play the way he wants to, instead of succumbing to the pressure of becoming someone he's not. united players and fans have to accept that and enjoy the element of unpredicatibility he brings to the game, instead of whining.

Timesonline
This was a game that taught us very little but confirmed a great deal more. That Wayne Rooney operates on a different frequency to everyone else, that Park Ji Sung and Cristiano Ronaldo are still no nearer to becoming the new Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, that Ruud van Nistelrooy should not be warming the United bench and that talk of Newcastle’s renaissance has been greatly exaggerated.

yes, ronaldo will never be the 'new david beckham' because he has his own identity and thousands of us adore him for just that.and if we were to draw conclusions from one game (as the writer did from the newcastle match), i think we can safely say that ronaldo is the best set piece taker in the world, and rooney should be warming the bench, looking at the fulham game.

  • Not every touch is a trick

well i guess ronaldo can't help looking graceful even when he makes a simple pass but i find it a little tiring when people say he used too many 'tricks' in a game when all he did was pass the ball around.the most recent example that i can cite is the newcastle game where according to users in several forums, ronaldo should've played a more direct game and having sat through the whole match, i couldn't recall one incident where he did a trick when he should've passed the ball.even the sky sports rating endorsed the 'full of tricks' view and i'm still clueless as to why they got that impression when i haven't seen ronaldo use fewer tricks in a game before.

Sky Sports


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Monday, March 13, 2006
United vs Newcastle

after ronaldo's hot goal scoring streak continued through the month of february and into the first week of march, i think i can be forgiven for expecting him to score in every match.the ball just wasn't meant to go into the net for ronaldo and his teammates yesterday, after united were 2-0 up.i honestly thought the match was going to be a goal fest when united netted two in the opening 15 minutes but looking at the chances that were missed in the most bizarre of fashions, i think finishing (or lack of it) alone was not responsible for united's failure to put more past shay given.

i wasn't satisfied with ronaldo's first half showing.he seemed preoccupied for some reason, and quite reluctant to make runs down the wing.i think he's half afraid of getting injured 2 months before the all important world cup in germany and given the sort of fouls he has to suffer, he's right to feel that way. but he never was the type to hide from the ball or shy away from taking on defenders, i hope yesterday was a one-off.i know some who're highly impressed with the new selfless ronaldo yet honestly speaking, i miss that ball hogging showboat.but that doesn't mean i don't appreciate his improved decision making since i'm all for passing to team mates in good positions, but there have been occasions where ronaldo could've taken the risk of going forward all by himself but decided against doing that for reasons we're all too familiar with.unless the move ends in a goal, he'll get lambasted from all quarters, with the commentators painstakingly pointing out every single option and what could've happened had he passed the ball.
anyway, speaking of teamplay, ronaldo and rooney finally seem to be on the same wavelength.in recent matches they've been great together, exchanged clever one-twos and tried setting each other up though none of those movements actually ended in a goal.but it's nice to see the two work so well together, against newcastle we saw some flashes of the promising partnership the two can have.
ronaldo's fizzing free kick which had to be parried away by Given, and some promising play made for his contribution in the first half.one that i remember in particular is ronaldo losing the ball in the centre of the field and tracking back 40 yards to successfully win it back.great determination.

    

the second half saw a more willing runner in ronaldo, and he almost forced ramage to score an own goal after some great work down the right.ronaldo showed great vision in knocking a rio ball forward to rooney, without even looking his way.but that was about only piece of skill that was seen in the match, apart from some stepovers that he used to set up rooney.cristiano did have two great scoring opportunities but he was first denied by a great Given save and the second one went wide.
now everytime united win a free kick i get excited , hoping to see ronaldo swerve /curl/ bury the ball into the net and you could tell i was waiting to see something of that sort when ronaldo stepped up to take one from 25 yards out or so in the second half.but this time, it was well off the mark and the commentators, unsurprisingly, responded cruelly by actually laughing out loud.screw them.
though i don't recall details of ronaldo's performance in the second half, it was generally a good one and he was an ever threatening presence, and he seemed to impose himself more and more on the game as the match wore on.so imagine my dismay when i saw him, of all people, come off for ruud.i felt for ronaldo when he shrugged his shoulders at whoever was standing near the united bench to say 'what did i do wrong'.if there was anyone who deserved to be substituted from the game, it was saha.and i soon found out by checking some forums that others shared my opinion too.

it's no surprise that rooney made all the headlines for his brace.but hardly any website or paper responded the same way when ronaldo won games for united with his braces and overall performance.just another observation on how differently the two are treated.

Some clips from the game thanks to footyfanatic


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Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Who's Laughing Now?

love this goal celebration.it's high time ronaldo took the piss after being the constant target of abuse and ridicule.hearing the whole stadium break into loud jeers every time ronaldo gets the ball has become so common that i feel something is amiss when he's not booed in away matches.it's unacceptable, but it does result in some memorable goal celebrations (think ronaldo shushing the highbury crowd).

before the match, bullard threatened to 'kick ronaldo in the air' if he tried to showboat during the game and you can guess i was wary of wigan's physical approach in dealing with ronaldo.and as early as the 5th minute, zeeuw flattened ronaldo with a crunching tackle.steve bennett did flash his yellow card but decided not to give many fouls ronaldo's way for the rest of the first half, and it was clear this was frustrating him.
in all honesty, united's performance didn't make this game particularly memorable and ronaldo's overall showing wasn't brilliant, but he was still united's best attacking threat.i loved the way he teamed up with rooney half way through the first half, he showed great awareness to exchange passes and the two split open the wigan midfield and defence on their own.only this time, it was rooney who lacked the end product and a glorious chance went begging.

the rest of the first half and a good part of the second half passed without any major incidents.after wigan scored, i almost settled for a defeat, or at best, a draw.the equaliser did come through ronaldo, who received the ball on the half way line, ran through the centre and fed ruud on the right.ruud's miscued shot turned into an assist as ronaldo made no mistake in directing the ball goalwards.needless to say, i was happy, but nowadays i expect ronaldo to score in almost every game,even though i don't want to take it for granted.what i just said might appear unintelligible to some people.anyway, approximately 15 minutes remained after the equaliser and a winner from united didn't look likely.but fate had other plans as ronaldo received the ball on the right, passed to saha, and somehow the ball ended in wigan's goal via a defender.an undeserved 3 points but united have been denied similarly in the past, so it's all a part of the game.

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Ronaldo vs Wigan (match compilation)
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Ronaldo whipped a curling free kick inches over the crossbar and there was plenty of eye-catching football whenever he, Ryan Giggs or Wayne Rooney were involved, but there were few other shots on goal as Wigan's defence stood firm.

United's best moment of the first half was symptomatic of their performance up until that point, as Wayne Rooney needlessly over-hit a pass to Louis Saha when well placed after some excellent link-up play with Ronaldo.

The impressive Ronaldo surged forward and released van Nistelrooy down the right, and his scuffed shot turned into a wonderful cross for Ronaldo, who had continued his run and was presented with a simple finish from six yards (74).

ronaldo has quite deservedly landed a place in ITV's Dream Team:

Right-wing: Cristiano Ronaldo

Jee whiz from the Portugeezer! The man has been on fire with six goals in his last five outings - eleven to date this season. Ran rings around Wigan again on Monday, was United's best attacking outlet and started and finished the move which led to their equaliser. Has the ability to beat men at ease and is scoring goals for fun at the moment. A contender for young player of the season.

 


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Saturday, March 04, 2006
Opta Player of the Month

just a quick update:
Sky Sports
The Opta Player of the Month for February is the enigmatic Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese wideman bagged a double double in the month, with a brace of goals at home to Fulham and another pair at Fratton Park.

He ended the month with a devastating conversion rate of 40% and capped his form off with another goal and an all-round power display in the Carling Cup Final against Wigan Athletic.

Player Club Index Score
Ronaldo Manchester United 1961
Moore Aston Villa 1920
Helguson Fulham 1544
van Nistelrooy Manchester United 1527
Gabbidon West Ham United 1492


if i'm not mistaken, ronaldo was voted the fan's player of the month last february.so far, he's on the right track to having a great second half of the season.he has already reached his previously unattainable figure of 10 goals and here's hoping he continues his scoring form and doesn't "dry out" before the world cup.that would be some nightmare...i don't know why i'm entertaining such negative thoughts.certainly all those ronaldo bashers with their 'enjoy it while it lasts' taunts got to me.screw them!


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