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.
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.
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’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.
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.
Dream Team World Cup has landed!
The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.
That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Dream Team World Cup
- Completely free to enter
- £50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournament
- £175k total prizepot (for UK players only)
- PRE-REGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW
The game officially launches on June 1 – but you can pre-register for the game now.
If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:
- Download the Dream Team app
- Create an account
- Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions
From Russia with a whole lot of love.