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Cristiano Ronaldo’s ridiculous narcissism shines through again after Champions League final

The Real Madrid man made it all about himself again to overshadow Gareth Bale's heroics

First things first, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers to ever grace this planet we call Earth.

He’s the most complete athlete and mercilessly clinical goalscorer the game has ever seen.

But his antics after Real Madrid won their third successive Champions League title on Saturday have muddied his reputation.


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Not his night

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Not his night

Ronaldo, by his standards, was more of a spectator as Real eventually outclassed a brave and bold Liverpool side who lost their best player in Mohamed Salah after just half an hour.

He will have watched – probably with a grimace – as Gareth Bale stole the show with two goals, the first of which was the best we’ve ever seen in a European final.

So what did Ronaldo do after the final whistle?

He ensured the narrative, rather than a recognition of his team’s unprecedented success as it should have been, was all about him again, of course.

Alone after the medal ceremony

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Alone after the medal ceremony

His exact words to reporters in the aftermath were: “In the next few days I’ll give an answer to the fans. It was beautiful to be at Real Madrid.”

And his narcissistic ploy worked too, with Spanish newspapers running their main splashes about his future rather than focusing on Real’s triumph.

Ronaldo reportedly later apologised for his comments after murmurs of discontent in the Real dressing room, according to Marca.

But he just couldn’t let Bale have his moment.

Because, for once, he wasn’t the talking point. He wasn’t the man being held aloft.

He didn’t get his customary opportunity to whip his jersey off.

Bale and Ronaldo have clashed in the past

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Bale and Ronaldo have clashed in the past

Bale’s brilliance might be his passing gift to Los Blancos, with his future genuinely in doubt after a season of watching on from the sidelines.

But Ronaldo, despite his anonymity in Kyiv, is still Real’s main man and his comments should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Lionel Messi reportedly earns approximately double what the Portuguese machine pockets every week so, in truth, it’s probably just an empty threat to Real’s owners.

In the spotlight, but for all the wrong reasons

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In the spotlight, but for all the wrong reasons

To be the best you have to act like the best and Ronaldo’s winning mentality cannot be questioned.

But a bit of humility occasionally wouldn’t go a miss.


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