As brilliant as he has been throughout his career as a footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo is gradually moving away from his legend. And squandered, according to a more than controlled career end, the respect he was able to command.
“Sunday the king plays.” In the heart of a summer season tainted by rumors of departure – and carried by his side, away from the preparatory Asian tour of Manchester United -, Cristiano Ronaldo wants to put the dots on the i. Against Rayo Vallecano in a friendly last Sunday, the king returned.
But the image of the admired king, above all indisputable, seems to be gradually crumbling. Beyond questionable choices and attitudes in the twilight of the Portuguese career, 37 years old. Ronaldo’s symbol, which is a model of exemplification and professionalism, has even been shaken by former legends of the game, or by his own coach. That it seems far away, the Madrid climax of “CR7”.
A departure from Real as a tipping point
Going back a few years, it was perhaps the period of his departure from Real Madrid that seemed to set the tone for the progressive decline of the legendary striker. Not supported by his club regarding his problems with the Spanish tax authorities in 2017, not considering his fair value – financially as well as humanly – by its president Florentino Pérez, Ronaldo prefers to- slam the door. After nine sensational seasons in Spain, 16 trophies (including four Champions Leagues) amassed 450 goals in 438 games.
“I felt inside the club, especially from the president, that I was no longer considered at the beginning, he admitted after France Football. The first four or five years, I felt that Cristiano Ronaldo. Left to try the his luck in Italy to continue to maintain his myth as well as to restore his self-esteem, the five-time Ballon d’Or will not shine as before.
There are three seasons with more than 25 goals (28 in 2018-2019, 37 in 2019-2020 and 36 in 2020-2021), these two Italian championship titles as well, but the son nor Madeira manage more about. because he is a super impactful player. And eventually find a new way out, a kind of rush, back to Manchester United.
Jorge Mendes knocks on every door, no one answers
Just like his rival and best enemy Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is obsessed with winning the Champions League first. He never succeeded at Juve, and now United is content to play it. The best scorer in the history of the competition, the insatiable scorer does not want to see his position as the sovereign of C1 slip through his fingers. His first Mancunian season allowed him to play it, and to add six units to his list of 140 goals in the queen of European cups.
But the Red Devils, sixth in the Premier League 2021-2022 despite the 18 domestic goals of “CR7”, remain only in the Europa League. Unthinkable at first glance for someone who has only played in the Champions League since the 2002-2003 season. And who therefore rushes to find a way out.
Supported this summer in his mission by the super-agent with the most influential address book in the world of football, Ronaldo was sent to the four corners of Europe by Jorge Mendes. Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Chelsea, Atlético de Madrid, Naples, Sporting Portugal, Bayern Munich and even the close enemy, FC Barcelona, which is C1.
Rumors are rife, Ronaldo denies. “It’s impossible not to talk about me for a day,” he joked on social networks. However, the damage was done. And that his popularity rating, even in Manchester, where the prince began his story, withered.
“Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward”
So with a little mistake, the vox populi don’t miss the chance to see the man, until there is no sin. Unable to stay until the end of MU-Rayo Vallecano on Sunday after spending his first 45 minutes of pre-season in a Mancunian jersey, Ronaldo was caught in the goal by a supporter in flagrante delicto, leaving Old Trafford after his girlfriends who are done playing. the club’s last warm-up game before the start of the Premier League season.
Established as the example of professional commitment par excellence, Ronaldo is no longer there, only the shadow of the one who commanded the respect of all. “If he wants to leave, Manchester United should facilitate his departure, put frankly a former legend of the Red Devils, Gary Neville, not gentle with his former partner in the show Overlap. Every press conference held by Ten Hag tainted by “The Ronaldo’s problem. If a player becomes a dominant factor, a distraction for the manager in press conferences, there is only one thing you can do. We all know that. Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward. “
Coming to Manchester to breathe new life into it, Erik ten Hag took the risk of public criticism of the casual behavior of his star. No player above the lot, tried to accept the Batavian. But ten Hags know this very well: Cristiano Ronaldo, thanks to the best version of himself shown in 20 seasons of an excellent career, will always be separated. Otherwise, what is the use of being a king.