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Replying To Lockjaw:  "A statement performance from Portugal last night with rising star Goncalo Ramos announcing himself to the world. I think even Ronaldo must realise at this point that his days as the marquee man are over. Hopefully he'll show some humility now and accept his role as an impact sub - something which could still be a very dangerous weapon for Portugal.

I see Piers Morgan is still on his Ronaldo crusade. He is one loathsome individual. Leveraging Ronaldo's celebrity and status to further his own ends. Despite all evidence to the contrary, he still puts Ronaldo up on a pedastal as the world's best."
I never got involved in offending or defending Ronaldo either on or off the field, the Fernando Santos was damned if he did and damned if he didn't site Ronaldo on the bench for the game start against Switzerland as he had no way of knowing that Goncalo Ramos was going to stand up and be counted by scoring not one but three quality goals the youngest player at 21 in over 50 years to that at world cup level, lots of people are using Ronaldos age (37) as a reason to drop him or phase him out by using him as an impact sub, but when you look at Pepe who will be 40 in a couple of months time he went head and shoulders above the rest to power home an unstoppable header for Portugals second goal, he continued to do lenghtly runs of the pitch brushing aside his challengers, at 40 years of age, Ronaldo is three years younger than Pepe.

If headlines were made in last nights game I think its only the start, with more to come, In my list of 8 teams I have Morocco penciled in at No. 8, Morocco play Portugal in their next game, it should be interesting, at least.

I watched the game on ITV, just couldn't watch it on RTE or BBC, worse again, I clearly heard it being mentioned not once but twice, once during the commentary of the game and once at half time, it was said that Ronaldo is scheduled to be in Saudia Arabia to sign his contract on the day of the world cup final. Ronaldo looked very, very happy through out the game. I just wonder are we feeling the doing of his substitution more than he is.?

Please don't shoot the messenger.

As an aside, for years I believed along with others that Tiger Woods was the worlds greatest golfer, and I followed his game with great interest, then things started happening in his personal life so I took a dislike to him, I still followed his game and sub-consciously I still thought he was the greatest professional golfer ever even though he was slipping back a bit, then his car accident happened with no apparent way back for him, he defied all the odds, bounced back to play with the worlds best again at his best at 46.
I admire both Woods and Ronaldo as Professional players only, not their life styles etc.

supersub15 (Carlow) - Posts: 2668 - 07/12/2022 12:51:04    2449747

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Ronaldo made his career as a goal scoring machine based on mostly on his footballing talent but also due to his supreme conditioning and athleticism. Unfortunately, as we all experience, pace, power and agility desert us as we grow older and Ronaldo simply does not make the same impact as he used to. He can't reinvent himself either. So if teams aren't specifically instructed to play to suit his needs, he becomes pretty ineffective and his team suffers. That isn't opinion either, it's matched by cold hard stats. People dislike his attitude because he still feels he should be the main man.

Pepe's situation is different I think. It's easier to keep goals out than to score them. His experience means he can shout and organise those around him to compensate for any physical deficiencies. Like Ronaldo, he has kept himself in serious shape and it's clear by the fact he was given the captain's armband that he commands respect.

Portugal definitley moved up in my estimation after last night. They have some serious technically gifted players and when it all clicks like it did last night they can take down any team. Can they repeat the trick 3 more times? That will be the challenge for Santos and team now.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8186 - 07/12/2022 14:11:16    2449764

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "A statement performance from Portugal last night with rising star Goncalo Ramos announcing himself to the world. I think even Ronaldo must realise at this point that his days as the marquee man are over. Hopefully he'll show some humility now and accept his role as an impact sub - something which could still be a very dangerous weapon for Portugal.

I see Piers Morgan is still on his Ronaldo crusade. He is one loathsome individual. Leveraging Ronaldo's celebrity and status to further his own ends. Despite all evidence to the contrary, he still puts Ronaldo up on a pedastal as the world's best."
Liam Brady recently said that he has two regrets in his career. One is that he never played in a major championship for Ireland and the other is that Piers Morgan is an Arsenal supporter!

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 6839 - 07/12/2022 18:56:55    2449794

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