Slaves To Fortune

Is there any sound more grating than that of the petulant millionaire?¬†One of the¬†curiosities of the situation concerning Cristiano Ronaldo’s on-off move to Real Madrid is the lack of media training that he appears to have received. In an era in which players seemed to have been groomed from puberty, Ronaldo’s candour has been most refreshing. He has made more comments of any interest to the casual observer than David Beckham has managed over the last twelve or thirteen years or so. Unfortunately, most of the things that he has said have revealed him to be a petulant, over-grown schoolboy and, more-over, something of a liar. It’s difficult to say what motivated him to say that it would be fulfilling some sort of childhood dream to sign for Real Madrid other than stupidity, because everyone knows that to be a lie. The best guess that one can put forward would be to presume that Ronaldo’s statement was meant to make friends in influence people, but whether the world-weary supporters on Real Madrid will be impressed by vacuous nonsense is a highly nuanced question. Was it his “dream” to play for Real Madrid when he signed a five year contract to play for Manchester United last year? We’ll probably never know the exact truth. One can forgive Ronaldo his little outbursts on account that he is, in the overall scheme...

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