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Written By Chris Azzopardi

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PHOTO: WAY TO NOT FEED INTO THE POLITICALLY CHARGED ANGLE, GERMANY.

“Bye, bye Greece. Today we won’t be able to save you!” says Bild’s front page. (Reuters)

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Ronaldo.

At this point, it appears that the legend of Cristiano Ronaldo—despite his immense ability—rides on a cloud of ego and jealousy. Even those who argue that Ronaldo is a better player than this Argentine rival Lionel Messi have to admit that Ronaldo doesn’t help himself. Every time Ronaldo accomplishes something, and does it in a fashion that is invariably amazing, someone nearby (or Ronaldo himself) invokes Messi. You might say that Ronaldo can’t run fast enough to escape Messi’s shadow, but that wouldn’t be exactly right when Cristiano is the one bringing up the Barca star’s name.

There are several variables at play that makes Ronaldo existence always “v. Messi” while Messi seems to avoid, or is spared, the constant comparisons. That’s down to the media’s obsession, sure (and let’s allow for the possibility that Ronaldo’s odd statement about what Messi was doing at this time last year was prompted by someone in the media mentioning Messi, because it’s not logical that Ronaldo would do it himself without reason), but it’s a function of the atmosphere around the two clubs at which these two great players ply their trade. Messi is the unquestioned number one star at Barcelona, and yet there’s a constant and unwavering projection of team over individual there. The same can’t be said for Real Madrid, which has much more of a “cult of personality” aura surrounding it. Real Madrid has an amazing collection of talent, but, more often than not, the attention they receive revolves around two men: Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Not that those two would have it any other way; they curry the attention at most turns, which only gives the media license to push Ronaldo on the rivalry with Messi. He’s an easy mark. He rises to the bait. Even at the Euros, with Messi playing for fun and profit on the other side of the world, Ronaldo is always up against the Argentine.

That’s sad, because it twists our perception of Ronaldo’s ability. He’s an amazing, once-in-a-generation player, and if he wasn’t Lionel Messi’s contemporary, there would be no doubt about his status as the best player in the world. The unfortunate timing of his career, however, means that he’ll probably never get the proper amount of acclaim (at least not without a qualifier attached that references his status in relation to Messi). It also means the complex he’s appeared to develop about his rivalry with Messi will probably only deepen. Ronaldo himself will be the worst offender of propagating the unceasing Ronaldo v. Messi debate because he clearly views his career in terms dictated by Messi’s achievements, and when given a choice between addressing it and not (which would be prudent), he can’t help himself.

So that’s how so many of us see Ronaldo, as an amazing player with a streak of jealousy that’s almost amusing. We laugh even while we ooh and ahh. It’s hard not to.

Is it any wonder that so many people took Ronaldo’s kiss to the camera after scoring against the Czechs as a message for Messi even though it as almost certainly not? We saw what we’ve been conditioned to see.

LINKS.

 

THE SKILLS MIGHT FADE, BUT THE PASSION NEVER DIES.

Figo and Eusebio celebrating Ronaldo’s goal against the Czechs is just brilliant. // Dirty Tackle

 

SO MUCH FOR CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION. PACK IT UP, WE’RE DONE HERE. CANCEL FOOTBALL.

Sorry for the cynicism, but this is pretty depressing. Everything is rote, nothing is natural (maybe). // The Footy Blog

 

FLIP THROWS ARE DUMB, BUT WHAT ARE YOU DOING STANDING THERE, BUDDY?

A flip throw gone horribly wrong. That’s gonna leave a mark. // 500 Reasons to Love Football

 

PHOTO: THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS JUST GOT SURREAL.

People wearing big head masks of Europe’s leading politicians stage a Eurozone debt crisis protest in Rome. (Reuters)
 

 

SO THIS IS A THING I DON’T ACTUALLY BELIEVE IS HAPPENING. GOOD STORY THOUGH.

This story claims English women are flocking to extramarital dating sites because they’re being neglected during the Euros. Really. // NewsTrackIndia

 

OOPS. TIME FOR A NEW TEAM. THOSE (UNLUCKY) BELGIANS REALLY GET AROUND.

Remember the Belgian fans that sold their fandom to a Dutch buyer? After the Dutch crashed out, they re-listed themselves, added some Dutch and Russian fans to their ranks, and bought themselves so they could support the Czechs. That didn’t last long, and now they’re becoming a jinx. // Wall Street Journal

 

LET’S NOT ACT LIKE THIS IS UNIQUE TO MLS. TEAMS SIGN PLAYERS WITH MARKETING IN MIND ALL THE TIME. *COUGH*ASIA*COUGH*.

After Portugal’s win yesterday, the Portuguese community near Red Bull Arena in Jersey went bonkers. Some might wonder if the club should pander to these potential fans… // The Offside Rules

 

PHOTO: I CAN TELL THAT’S NOT THE REAL POSH BECAUSE THE REAL ONE IS LESS LIFELIKE.

At Madame Tussauds in London, wax versions of Prince William, Kate Middleton, David Cameron, David Beckham and Posh are supporting England. (AP Photo)

 

THINGS THAT WILL ALWAYS BE FUNNY: REALLY DRUNK PEOPLE.

Drunk Ireland fans stumble their way to the porta potties, someone takes a video, the internet guffaws. // Deadspin

 

IF YOU’RE NAMING YOUR KID AFTER HIM, DO YOU GO WITH ‘CRISTIANO’ OR ‘RONALDO’? BECAUSE THAT REAGAN THING IS STILL STRANGE.

Ronaldo stepped up when Portugal needed him, and now a Selecção find themselves in the semis. // Bleacher Report

 

TODAY’S FORECAST: IT’S GOING RAIN DEBT CRISIS PUNS LIKE YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE.

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