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Monday, May 01, 2006
Uff...

i was putting off making an entry on the chelsea game for as long as i could.i didn't want to re-live that experience again.infact, for the last two days i've been 'hiding' ...i'm avoiding the forums and message boards i normally frequent 4- 5 times a day because i don't want to be reminded of the game.i don't think i have much to say about how the match itself was played.ronaldo was given the physical treatment and this time, he decided to dish out some physical challenges of his own, leading to a booking.i still maintain that lampard fouled ronaldo before the first goal...how many times have we seen a player use an illegal challenge to get the ball from ronaldo, only for the referee to turn a blind eye to the foul and allow the opposing team to score a goal.and how many times have we seen ronaldo shoulder the blame, be labelled the culprit, and get singled out for criticism when the entire first team - comprising of some veterans and the "white pele" (btw, get well soon) -underperforms or disappears.

 

i don't know why certain things i say always come back to bite me.just before the start of the second half, i came across the first half stats for joe cole and ronaldo and was pleased to see that ronaldo had a better half with 14 completed passes and1 shot on target, compared to cole's 2 completed passes and 0 shots on goal.maybe i should've kept that discovery to myself 'cause not long after i boasted about those facts to my brother, joe cole did what is usually synonymous with ronaldo: stepovers and going shirtless after scoring a crucial goal.it should've been ronaldo's lightning quick stepovers and toned body on the tv screen...not cole's i-only-do-it-in-my-own-half-at-snail's-pace version and that rather flabby, pale torso.*sigh*.

when i saw that nistelrooy was coming on, i was pretty sure he was going to replace park, and you can guess i wasn't amused to see ronaldo getting subbed off early in the second half when he was playing better than park, and even giggs.but maybe ferguson's decision was a blessing in disguise...the quite physical nature of the match could've led to an ugly injury...i don't want ANYTHING to jeopardise his world cup, he has a point to prove and i have some scores to settle.


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Monday, April 24, 2006
PFA Honour

even though ronaldo was shortlisted for the young player of the year award for the third consecutive year, he didn't come away with an award.but he did manage to land a place in the PFA team of the year...his inclusion has evoked mixed reaction from various quarters, with some ronaldo fans themselves questioning if he deserved to be named as one of the top 11 players in the premiership.i have no complains though, and feel that on his day, he's the best winger in the league.seriously, i can't think of a better player on the right...though i'm a little confused to see him on the left wing in this 'official' formation:

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Monday, April 17, 2006
That's More Like It!

delighted with ronaldo's response after last match's disappoinment.i think i would've had a nervous breakdown if he didn't show up for this game.nowadays i'm so worried if a trick would come off or if he'll get past his marker or not that i almost forget why i became such a huge fan of his in the first place.he's all about generating excitement and brining spectators to the edge of their seats and watching him play today, i was reminded of that ronaldo and it brought a smile to my face.

 

ronaldo looked charged up and ready to take on defenders right from kick-off and that's always a good sign.not to say that he doesn't put effort into every game but he seemed especially determined to get things right in this one.i think the first half saw a deadly mix of ronaldo's many attributes: delightful skills, amazing pace, heading ability and assisting goals.united took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes and ronaldo was the architect.after a tottenham corner was cleared, ronaldo received the ball near the edge of united's 18 yard box and ran forward with a defender tagging along.he passed the ball to ruud and kept running and ruud's return pass seemed to be heading out for a goal kick but ronaldo's pace helped him get to it just in time and make an outstanding pass from the left, with his right foot, to rooney in the 6 yard box.you just had to look at ronaldo's fist thumping reaction to see how happy he was.fans of his skills were treated to some delightful footwork...the wasteful nature of his skills in the last match didn't discourage him from using them again and it's good to see that he's always optimistic.i remember him turning a tottenham defender inside out and then finding park with a no-look-pass.then there was his lightning fast stepovers that made david's later attempt look ,umm, amateurish.his tricks also had purpose today as i recall him sending silvestre free with one backheel and getting the ball to a teammate in a tight situation.

the second half saw tottenham dominate possession so ronaldo wasn't really getting much of the ball or pushing forward.but i remember him making a clever run into the box where he received the ball from giggs and while his first touch was great, he ended up shooting over the bar.a commendable effort nonetheless 'cause it's not often that you see ronaldo making those striker-like runs.he spent most of the time in united's half trying to defend...i've seen him cover players but him closing down someone running with the ball is a rare sight for some reason.i'm not saying that he has to do that but maybe some fans would like him better if he did.maybe they'll stop their incessant 'rooney rooney' chants and for once take ronaldo's name. or maybe not, 'cause whether he scored and they're cheering him or he's playing bad and they're trying to encourage him, all i ever hear is rooney chants. anyway, i'm not going to spoil my current mood by brooding over that.here's hoping we see similar impressive performances from ronaldo in the remaining fixtures.

some video clips thanks to footyfanatic:

Ronaldo assists United's opener
Impressive skill
Trick pass
Backheel to Silvestre

Ronaldo vs Tottenham compilation by nox


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Saturday, April 15, 2006
What The Hell Was That ?!

i can't begin to explain how angry and disgusted i feel right now. last night's game was unbelievably painful to watch, and to think i stayed up late for that, when i had an important test today morning.i don't claim to be precognitive but before the match, i thought to myself that this could well be a lots-of-possession-but-no-goals encounter and unfortunately, i was right.ronaldo frustrated me a lot, i was ready to tear into him today in my entry but reading what the media wrote about his performance changed my mind.he has been labelled the 'culprit'. would you believe that? when the whole team was sloppy, wasteful and sub-par? i f*cking hate the english media.there, i said it.

 

as for the actual match,i don't know where to start.it was basically a childish performance by united in the first half and as an 'arm-chair' fan, it was even more frustrating for me as i couldn't scream my lungs out at the players for their stupidity.i've lost count of the number of times ronaldo made space for himself, ran the length of the field, got himself into dangerous positions but was completely ignored by his teammates. rooney was visibly selfish and opted to shoot from all over the place instead of feeding the ball to an unmarked ronaldo, you could tell ronaldo was livid. but then again, ronaldo really didn't help himself.when he did get the ball, he seemed uncertain of what to do with it.but that still doesn't excuse rooney's and other's decision to not give ronaldo the ball when he's right infront of the goal, unmarked.and what's with the close-ups of ronaldo? i remember seeing several replays of ronaldo falling in the penalty area and it looked like an honest slip, infact he didn't even appeal for a penalty, but it seemed like the replays were shown just to suggest that ronaldo was diving when that clearly wasn't the case.i don't recall seeing replays of park tumbling and rolling when he was touched so what the hell are they trying to prove?

i thought the team played a more mature second half but it still wasn't enough for a win.ronaldo for once was given a pass at the proper time and he shot at goal, but the sunderland goalkeeper blocked it in time.i don't remember much details but ronaldo seemed to put in more effort and i recall him winning balls a few times.anyway, i was too ticked off by then to really concentrate on the game.i was waiting for a miracle of sorts, some magic from ronaldo that would win the match.but nothing came.sometimes i wonder if it's wrong to expect so much from his as ferguson said after the game...but i feel he's capable of all that and much more.

ManchesterOnline
Culprit

Predictably, Ronaldo was the worst culprit. Every time the ball reached the Portugal winger, he appeared to look upon it as a chance to experiment.

Ryan Giggs, a gnarled veteran of dogged championship fights and hardly lacking in ability himself, felt it necessary to admonish his young team-mate at one stage and it was Ronaldo who got robbed by Justin Hoyte to start the move which ended with Jonathan Stead turning a fine chance into the side-netting.

Ronaldo was denied two glorious goalscoring chances by his own team-mates, with Ruud van Nistelrooy intercepting one Wayne Rooney pass before it reached the winger. Then Rooney himself ignored his better-placed team-mate in the final minute of the first-half, although he did force a fingertip save from Kelvin Davis.

"predictably".it's manchesteronline with their usual anti-ronaldo bollocks.i remember when they gave him a 6! after his perfomance against fulham at OT where he scored a brace and even added that he 'lacked end product'.hello, what were those two goals.after a lot of protest by more sensible fans, they did change the rating but that was their actual attitude towards him.it's funny how they mention that ronaldo was denied two clear goal scoring chances by teammates and still hold him responsible for the unexpected draw.what about rooney's selfishness and ruud's poor first touches and lack of finishing? giggs's two skyed free kicks? it's always ronaldo ronaldo ronaldo when something goes wrong.screw the english press.


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Friday, April 14, 2006
Video Update!

new ronaldo interviews and clips have been piling up for the last two days so here's a video update:

Ronaldo's Sky Sports Interview

Youtube - thanks to anjumfz
Ronaldo receives his PFA award and talks about his future and in the end, you'll catch him speaking in english about the weather in Manchester...his english has improved immensely and he doesn't forget to mention his trademark phrase: 'I am very happy'!

Gillette FIFA 2006 World Cup Preview Show - Ronaldo interview

Youtube   Megaupload - thanks to anjumfz
Ronaldo talks about his debut for Portugal at the young age of 18 and his ambitions as a footballer.You can also catch some nifty skills by ronaldo while training with Portugal...check out his no-look-pass.Can't wait to see him assist a goal like that in a real match.

Football ' Tennis' featuring Ronaldo and Deco

Google Video
No it's not the latest Nike ad.Ronaldo, Deco and other members of the Portuguese NT take part in a football-tennis session.These guys seem to eat,sleep and breath football.This is the newest 'candid' video coming from the Portuguese dressing room after Ronaldo's dance routine...wonder if they tape it themselves to put it up on the net.


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Monday, April 10, 2006
Man. Utd. vs Arsenal
 

you'd think i'm crazy but i'm not the happiest person right now, even though united just won a crucial game against arsenal, that too with a 2-0 scoreline.reason? ronaldo's showing.no, he didn't make any glaring mistakes or disappear from the game, but i was expecting so much more from him yesterday.while i admit to day dreaming about ronaldo scoring a hattrick, i'm not upset that that didnt materialise...i just hoped his brilliance showed through more, when a larger audience than usual was watching the game. what happened to 'big game player' ronaldo? i recall him being truly impressive in two big games this season: cheslea at OT and carling cup final.he needs to step up his performance in more important games, go out of his way to make an even bigger impact.that's how he's going to shut his critics...i take criticism of ronaldo quite personally and it frustrates me when he doesn't help his cause by not doing what he does best.i just want him to do well damn it.

now to the game.i was expecting ronaldo to have a field day against flamini but every time he charged down the wing, he was closed down by gilberto/sanderos, along with flamini, and that reduced his effectiveness in beating his marker and crossing into the box to some extent.he also seemed to play a smaller role in attack yesterday, i remember ruud, rooney and giggs/park surging forward on one or two occasions and ronaldo wasn't on the screen because he was still in midfield.

 

ronaldo played in the centre for a few minutes in the first half and i found myself pleading him to move out wide and use his pace to run at flamini.i don't know if it was for tactical reasons but ronaldo seemed to avoid going forward, opting instead to feed the ball to neville who was in a more advanced position than ronaldo on many occasions.anyway, ronaldo did make some important interceptions and worked well and ran hard to keep the ball in play several times.if i remember correctly, park's goal happened because ronaldo ran back several yards on the right wing to keep the ball in the field and then fed it to neville who passed to rooney and the latter set up park's goal.

it would be wrong to say ronaldo had a bad game and i don't want anyone to get that impression from my entry, but i think my lack of satisfaction with ronaldo's performance has to do with my high expectations before the game.i don't think i'm wrong to expect great things from him because he is capable of them.he was a pressure reliever of sorts yesterday, the team would give the ball to him and wait for him to attract the defenders and this would take some of the pressure off them...i would've preferred seeing him involved more in attacking though.oh well, there's still the chelsea game.

Telegraph
Cristiano Ronaldo was magnificent in flashes yesterday while the versatile Ryan Giggs continues to impress, but they lacked the sustained excellence of Rooney. 
(that's exactly what i didn't want to hear/read after the game)

p.s. i thought ronaldo was going to be presented with his pfa award before the game? all i saw was rooney with his barclay's award.


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Monday, April 03, 2006
Finally...Some Noise

it took ronaldo two months of back to back impressive performances to finally get some recognition.welcome to the premiership.though i thought ronaldo deserved the PFA Fan's Player of the Month award for his performance in february, i'm equally pleased to see him land this honour for his efforts through march.

 

Ronaldo's top dog in the Premiership
GiveMeFootball 
03-04-06

Manchester United's belated surge and chasing down of Premiership leaders Chelsea has been due in no small part to the scintillating form of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been a revelation this year - even by his own high standards.


moving to the whole speculation surrounding ronaldo's future and his supposed desire to move to madrid this summer, i find it amusing that some papers are making a meal of the whole story by printing selected quotes to give the impression that ronaldo has 'opened doors to spanish interests'.i was impressed with ronaldo's honesty when he shared his dream of playing in the spanish league with the entire world, instead of insisting that he'll stay at united for life and then ending up sneaking out the backdoor a few years from now like some footballers.

check out what Manchester Evening News published and compare it to ronaldo's quotes from Sky Sports . the former source has conveniently left out the part where ronaldo says he's only thinking about united at the moment, probably to create a stir.i guess this is what you get for being honest.

i've come across several real madrid fans who would be more than happy to have him play in the white shirt and surprisingly, some of them were even aware of how ronaldo is largely unappreciated in england.people seem to be confident of ronaldo doing well in the spanish league, almost expecting him to do for madrid what ronaldinho did for barcelona and i'm not sure if such high expectations are healthy.

i've said this before and it wouldn't hurt to say it again, i'm completely torn over ronaldo leaving united now or in the immediate future.i'd love to see it happen and at the same time,i'd hate it.maybe i should just listen to ronaldo himself and let things run their course.sigh.


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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.

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(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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