Name: Samia I.
All's Well That Ends Well...Almost!
ah well, another season comes to an end.wasn't it just yesterday that united played the season opener against everton, and i was all worked up because ronaldo didn't feature in the game due to a slight injury.this probably wasn't the ideal season given that united didn't win the title, but with all the setbacks that the team had to face, coupled with an almost non-existent midfield, second spot is pretty good!
i sat through an uninterrupted first half but my brother insisted on following the second half of other games so i only caught bits of united's last 35 minutes.while i maintain that ronaldo can still do a LOT better, he had a pretty productive first half.neville continued his 'ignore ronaldo' routine (i think he passed the ball to ronaldo only about two or three times in the game) and at times ronaldo moved to a more central position.i think fans of ronaldo's trickery and skills (like myself) would be disappointed with his (largely) no-nonsense showing in the last couple of games.i was honestly expecting him to showboat for our pleasure, given that united were leading comfortably before half time, but i just have this feeling that he's saving the best for the world cup.he opted for a lot of simple passes yesterday, and while many may hail that as a sign of maturity and willingness to play with the team, i honestly enjoy watching the ball-hogging ronaldo, as long as he makes the right passes in the end.anyway, i was pretty excited when ronaldo stepped up to take a free kick from 35 yards out and though it didn't hit the back of the net, it was a pretty good shot.
ronaldo was involved, to various degrees, in all three first half goals.saha's headed goal was a result of a corner won by ronaldo.after doing well to control the ball initially, ronaldo's weak, delfected shot seemed to let him down.but the resulting corner opened the scoring for united.then ronaldo scored himself.a giggs pass found ronaldo in the 6 yard box and he slotted the ball home from close range.i was pleased to see him score on the last day of the season, and while he didn't actually win the 15 goal bet he had with SAF, 12 goals and 7 assists is an impressive stat, especially when you consider how his season started and all his off-field problems.the third united goal was a result of a charlton defensive mistake (an own goal) but ronaldo was the only united player in the box at that time and he was the one to put the defenders under pressure.another impressive play from ronaldo was his run down the right wing, he went past three players using his pace and i remember standing up with my mouth open, in anticipation of what would follow.ronaldo decided to cross into the box and the ball was eventually headed away by a defender, but it would've been a great assist had saha or rossi got on the end of the ball, or a great individual goal if ronaldo had opted to go for goal by himself.speaking of individual efforts, richardson kinda reminded me of ronaldo with that shot and shirtless celebration.even the commentator thought it was ronaldo but i could tell from the hair that it was richardson, good for me or i would've gotten all excited for no reason :D
can't wait for next season,though things might be different then as i'll be in university.i wish ronaldo great success...though it may not be possible for me to witness his progress as regularly as i can now.here's to the future:
Ronaldo's goal (2-0)
Ronaldo's run down the right wing
thanks to: footyfanatic
on a slightly different note, RTP recently featured ronaldo in its 'Exclusivo Mundial' show and we got to see ronaldo's home (at manchester), meet his cousin and brother in law, hear him sing along to BPT's Moody and watch him do some great tricks in his backyard. in short, this is a MUST SEE.
Click here to download
thanks to bS-7
Posted at 09:15 am by r-revolution
oops, i'm getting a little lazy with my entries. i guess the season end couldn't have come at a better time since my exams are around the corner and i need to get some serious studying underway.anyway, back to the topic and it was yet another disappointing draw when united could've easily bagged three points at home against boro.i was expecting ronaldo to definitely start with rooney injured but SAF had other plans and did the same mistake (yeah...it was a mistake imo) of benching ronaldo just like in the away boro game earlier in the season, which united lost 4-1 (ronaldo came off the bench to pull back a goal then).while many insisted that ronaldo was dropped for his performance against chelsea, i don't think that excuse was good enough for preferring evra over ronaldo.and what was park and giggs doing on the field then?
the first half was drab and i think i dozed off around the 35th minute. when i next opened my eyes, ronaldo and richardson were coming on and my usual reaction followed.it was time to watch the game! ronaldo's initial relegation to the bench became more mistifying as the game sprung to life after his inclusion.his 50 yard run and shot that was well saved by the boro keeper seemed to promise a scoreline in united's favour.he again skipped past a defender and took another shot from distance, which was close but off-target.then came the turning point of the game when united won a penalty.in an attempt to prevent a corner ball from reaching ronaldo, a boro defender handled the ball in the 18 yard box.the resulting penalty though, was saved by the boro keeper again.so there went the two points.
Ronaldo vs Middlesbrough by footyfanatic
moving on to something more recent, in last night's end of season awards' party, ronaldo landed the United Goal of the Season award for his 'howitzer' against portsmouth in february.i voted for that goal myself and i'm glad he won it.details : ManUtd.com
Posted at 09:33 am by r-revolution
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.
Posted at 12:04 pm by r-revolution
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:
Posted at 08:54 pm by r-revolution
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
Backheel to Silvestre
Ronaldo vs Tottenham compilation by nox
Posted at 08:20 pm by r-revolution
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.
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.
Posted at 11:27 am by r-revolution
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
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.
Posted at 02:07 pm by r-revolution
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.
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.
Posted at 10:59 am by r-revolution
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
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.
Posted at 09:24 pm by r-revolution
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
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
Posted at 07:13 pm by r-revolution