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.
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.
Rooney should have got on the scoresheet himself but squandered two clear-cut chances after being put through by Ronaldo.
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.
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:
lastly, here's the new Galp ad featuring ronaldo, quaresma and postiga
Download here.thanks to Andre Murracas
March 28, 2006 01:23 AM PST
Love it. Love it. Love it. Once agian, another great entry. I once agian checked everyday for you to update, but it's understandable, since you did after all have writer's block. Keep up the GREAt work. Oh yeah, just like to add the once agian blatant 'double-standards'. Rooney, who was infact poor yesterday, can miss to easy chances and be hot and cold the whole match, get praise after praise. But Ronaldo, who to be fair had a hot and cold match also, is blamed for being to elaborate and wasting chances. I also think he has great vision, it's always been there for Portugal, now it's showing up for United.
March 28, 2006 08:38 AM PST
Cristiano Ronaldo shows sophisticated skill more than Ronaldinho.
We have no doubt about CR7 speed and acceleration plus his 'stepovers rhyme'.
But the match againts birmingham shows his great visions as a 'goal architech player' :))
And yes Man-United and CR7 still have a chance for EPL trophy this season...
Can wait watching Cristiano teach samba moves to Brazillian at Germany 2006 :))
March 28, 2006 05:43 PM PST
One of the most productive games that i've seen ronaldo put in all season. Although, it did lack his usual trickery, it was at least a solid performance by him. His passing has improved a lot. i guess if united could just get bigger leads, then ronaldo might have more room to entertain the crowd with head-to-heads against quivering defenders.
March 29, 2006 02:58 PM PST
great comment brianna, agree with you completely.
jodi, ronaldo teaching them brazilians how to samba would be some sight :P
zahir, long time no see! i agree, ronaldo can showboat without getting any stick from his own fans when united are leading comfortably but those occasions have been few since ronaldo is usually subbed off when the game is in the bag.
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