How many of you are die hard fans of Cristiano Ronaldo? Well I am. 19th June’s UEFA match between Portugal and Austria garnered the attention of many football enthusiasts. The match ended with a draw at 0-0 but it was an extremely dull moment for team Portugal. The reason for this was that Ronaldo missed the spot kick against Austria. We do not expect people to lose much of their heart as the ultimate result of the match was neutral. However, it is a depressing moment for the person who is considered to be solely responsible for the loss of the team. Hence, Ronaldo was inconsolable despite the continuous attempts of different people. Nani had held out his two palms as a gesture of sympathy. But Cristiano , not wanting any sympathy, just shoved hime away.
If football justice would have correctly prevailed, then the spot kick which Cristiano had watched bounce off the left side upright and away, would have scraped through into the net as it was given when defender Martin tried to rugby-tackle Ronaldo to the ground. But as all football enthusiasts know, football margins can be small and they recede when a team is entirely dependent on one single player, which in this case happened to be Ronaldo. At the beginning of the match, during the National Anthem, Ronaldo had closed his eyes and waved an arm around. It felt as if it was an out of the body experience for him, thus proving his love for his nation and his team. He left no stone unturned to make Portugal win. It is much obvious from a deep conversation he had with the referee during the second half to a complete show of his repertoire.
We can give full points to his fitness levels. He knew he had not shown is mettle at the last World Cup. This thus prompted him to move past Luis Figo as the most-capped player of Portugal. Austria played it hard on Portugal from the very beginning when Marcel had put his “welcome to Paris” strategy. There were many interventions for Ronaldo before the ball came his way. There was Stefan reaching out in front of Ronaldo. I guess he was just trying to prove his worth which was just not required. Because of this intervention, Ronaldo failed to take the ball back to the goal. The simple rule of any game is to trust the person who has more skills than you and help him fight the battle against the opponent team but it seems that Ronaldo has an opponent in his own team. The game was reaching its half hour slot when Nani released Raphael Guerrel to pull back Ronaldo. By then Ronaldo had tried to spin a shot from his right instep but he failed miserably.
Nani’s goal was easily blocked by Aimer. Just five minutes later, gathering all his power and energy, Nani headed against the left pool from an Andre Gomes cross and made a foul. Finally, when Cristiano appeared to have finally reached the net, few minutes after the penalty was declared, he was standing around two yards off side. He was indifferent to the opposing goalkeeper but the goalkeeper definitely had other intentions. He was very much interested in his opponent. This is where Ronaldo made his mistake. He failed to size his opponent just as he had done after the Iceland draw.
All we can do is pray for Portugal to win the match against Hungary. We hope that Ronaldo conquers his weak point. We must also hope that team Portugal just gets a bit more responsible and stop relying solely on one human. Ronaldo’s performance has been flawless but to burden his shoulders with unsurmountable pressure is just not correct. The pressure needs to be evenly spread on each and every member. We know he is a star player but after all he is just a human.