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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Ronaldo on his way out?

Brazilian astro Ronaldo has indicated he may choose to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, citing the fans' lack of appreciation as the main motive of his unhappiness. This is big news, of course, as Ronaldo has been one of President Perez's sacred cows since signing on in the summer of 2002.

He is dead-on when he states that the home fans have a tendency to boo and whistle him when they are unsatisfied by his performance, lately a common occurrence, it must be said. He is sadly misguided when he [essentially] says that it is due to their lack of appreciation and patience with his mistakes. It is not your mistakes they are jeering, it is the lack of effort and sacrifice for the team which rankles the feathers, Ronie.

He has always had and will always keep his defenders who cite his goal record and his otherwordly talent, which are undeniable; however, his lack of movement, [apparent] laziness in getting back, and inexistent pressure on the opponent have worn much to thin for the fans to be appeased. The team no longer plays as though he were the only viable scoring option, and the good results are there to justify this shift in strategy. The fans can sense this and grow frustrated with a player who 1)does not appear to put the team first, 2)often lacks fitness, and 3)is injured more often than not. They get upset because it has become apparent that the team can aspire to the highest level of play if everyone gives their maximum effort. One only has to compare the whistles for Ronaldo with the applause given lately to Bapista, a strikingly less-skilled player, to see that effort combined with team results is the determining factor in winning over the public in Madrid.
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