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You've got to hand it to Ron

Robbo Robson | 10:36 UK time, Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo. No one else could've won the Ballon D'Or (although given it means Golden Ball, Becks should've really bagged two of them by now).

He's rightly chuffed and given there's hardly a thing he can't do with a football, I'd go so far as to say he's the best player the Premiership's ever seen. There were nicer ones (Zola), smarter ones (Bergkamp), sleeker ones (Henry) but none has approached Ronaldo's speed of movement, ability in the air, and wobbliness of free-kick.

All of which might explain why Fergie couldn't quite bring himself to call the lad a dozy plank after his Manc Derby madness on Sunday. Fergie may have fought tooth and nail to keep Senor S-S-Studio Line at OT, but the post-match defence of the gelled tumbler bordered on the laughable.

Cristiano RonaldoFirst of all Ronaldo was 'trying to protect his face'. Crikey I know he's vain but that's ridiculous. Any road, don't these modern-day jessies have face protection cream for just such an emergency? Men's moisturiser! It's a contradiction in bleeding terms, isn't it? Like US intelligence and mature student.

It's not like a bent schnozz would be a problem any road, is it? The lad's got enough cash in the back of his ripped-jeans' pocket to pay for some corrective work to fix it. After all, the lass he was rumoured to be going out with earlier this year was a living testament to the power of plastic surgery.

(Personally I've never like the enhanced look on a lady where nothing moves. It's wrong, I tell you - Isaac Newton could tell you that. To me, it only ever conjures up an image of Paul Gascoigne in 1990 by the team swimming pool. Shudder.)

Secondly, Fergie says there was a push on Ronaldo. Oh yeah, that's right - 'cos every time I've been pushed on a footie field I've instinctively tried to catch the ball. Besides which, if there had been even the teensiest nudge you can be sure the World's Best Footballer would've been browsing the Eastlands turf in the horizontal position quick-smart.

Finally, of course, there was the mystery whistle that Cristiano apparently heard. No-one else heard it, just the Greatest Player on the Planet. So not content with being able to outsprint a peregrine falcon and leap higher than a springing gazelle, Ronaldo now swears he has the hearing capacity of the average golden retriever.

What whistle? A wolf-whistle, perhaps? Yes, that was it, a lady wolf-whistled him and he suddenly remembered how irrefutably gorgeous he was and, with the ball rapidly approaching the beautiful mug, a voice in his head yelled 'No, no, not the face! Anywhere but the face!' and up came the hands in a way Heurelho Gomes can only dream of.

It's such tosh and Fergie shouldn't be pussyfooting around him like he's a Ming vase.

I had more sympathy for the post-match interview with that funny old fella Big Phil - which always sounds to me like the brand name for a particularly well-stuffed sandwich. (By the way, I keep seeing signs for 'hand-cut' sandwiches - wouldn't it be better and a damn sight more hygienic if they just used a knife?)

Now Scolari has been one of the few who has tried to empathise with the ref's plight. That is until Sunday when Van Persie was a 'million metres offside' apparently. I've done the maths and that puts young Robin somewhere near John O'Groats when Denilson played him in.

Which incidentally is where the ball would have ended up if Salomon Kalou had been allowed to carry on from an onside position in the fifth minute. Rumours are rife that the full name of the Ivorian striker is Saloman Hasuntgotta Kalou.

Still, the offside 'killed' his team. Hmm. I think what killed them was the fact that if you push up on the full-backs, and Joe Cole and Drog aren't there, they're a bit bloody average. Mind you, Scolari still insists that refs are human, which is what I like about the bloke. He's not snide, just well hacked off, and that's fair enough. It was a crap decision, that's for sure. And he said so.

But it looks like they might have to do without Drogba come the end of the season. Kenyon says Didi's meeting with Inter is irrelevant. To who, exactly?

I preferred Scolari's response to the same inquiry: "I do not sleep with Drogba." It's a relief but it makes you wonder what conditions are attached to any move back to Mourinho... I keep having Roxy Music's 'Love is the Drog I'm thinking of' in me head.

Not that any of the entertainment in Manchester and London was a patch on the Slog in the Bog in Cambridgeshire on Sunday. ITV nearly pulled it 'cos of the conditions but I thought the rain lashing against the cameras like storm-tossed waves against a set of portholes just added to the atmosphere.

Leeds did the stupidest thing imaginable in the conditions and, in a perversely Wengeresque move, came to 'play football' when what they needed was to get the big bloke on and load it into the box. Histon defended like top-class amateurs in the second half, obeying the age-old English maxim handed down through generations of greats - WELLY IT OUT!!!

By the end, Gary McAllister was doing his best Schteve McClaren impreshion, huddling away from the nasty drizzle - not so much a wally with a brolly as drenched on the bench, while Steve Fallon stood there getting a good soaking and lapping up every minute.

It felt inevitable that Histon's day would be completed with a home tie, in monsoon conditions, against Ronaldo and co (mind he can walk on water can't he, so it's not like that would've bothered him) but they get Swansea instead. Ho hum.

Still, Barrow lucked out with the glamour tie of the round - away to the Boro! Come up on the Friday me Cumbrian friends, take in the mighty Transporter Bridge, and picturesque Seaton Carew with its bus station and art deco clock tower, and watch canoeists disappear before your very eyes!

Then it's out for a pint and a parmo by the time of kick-off you'll have inhaled enough of our beautiful carbonated air to have no breath left for the match! Marvellous!

Comments

  • 1. At 12:54pm on 03 Dec 2008, scottsewell wrote:

    Great blog Robbo as ever. I think they are some of the funniest things I read. I don't understand how people don't find you funny.

    Loved the bit at the end about the smog in boro.

    I'm going to ask for half me money back after going to watch the Toon there on saturday, as I didn't see the second half of the game.

    Keep up the good work mate!

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  • 2. At 12:56pm on 03 Dec 2008, markadoi84 wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 3. At 12:59pm on 03 Dec 2008, agentsmithutd wrote:

    And Your point is?
    Ranting never helped anyone Robbo.
    Good read though..

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  • 4. At 12:59pm on 03 Dec 2008, valleyfloydroad18 wrote:

    People also seem to ignore the fact that as well as getting himself sent off like an idiot, he also missed a prime opportunity to put his side two up. what a clown

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  • 5. At 1:08pm on 03 Dec 2008, Xavierneville wrote:

    I think they just had to give the award to the diving Portugese, he'll never win it again.......he might be the bees knees to most but he's not sort you want to win it is he?

    Not a footballer in the classic mould for me not ev]nough class as a person. I mean could he lift the trophy without falling over???

    I feel for big Phil, but to be fair if the ref had carried out his duties properly both terry and Ivanovic should have been sent off. Face it Phil you don't have a plan B

    Oh Robbo aren't you a little scared you got Barrow? I fear for you on that cold day in Jan!

    Good blog Robbo

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  • 6. At 1:08pm on 03 Dec 2008, Cold War Kid wrote:

    Robbo, you have to admit the ball was travelling pretty quickly towards his face. You'll probably get a lot of comments on here about the Prems greatest player so i will add my thoughts. Bergkamp then Ronaldo.

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  • 7. At 1:12pm on 03 Dec 2008, Spitfire wrote:

    C. Ronaldo:Great footballer, awful human being!

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  • 8. At 1:14pm on 03 Dec 2008, Xavierneville wrote:

    comment number 7

    So simple, you managed to say what I was trying to in six words, woe is my verbose commentary......

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  • 9. At 1:19pm on 03 Dec 2008, footy_analysis - play beautifully - wrote:

    I can't agree with you on this one Robbo!

    Ronaldo's a good player, but is probably the most overrated player in football. His skill levels and close control are not of the standard of that of Messi, Robinho and still on his day Ronaldinho.

    Apart from goals, he rarely makes a big impact in games with mesmerizing skill as the press would have us believe.

    He was outshone last season in Europe by Messi and outshone in Euro 2008 by Deco and others.

    So, in my opinion, he isn't even Portugal's best player.

    A good player, but not the best.

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  • 10. At 1:22pm on 03 Dec 2008, cpp08hl wrote:

    HAHAHAHA !!!soloman hasuntgotta kalou!!! brilliant!!!

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  • 11. At 1:29pm on 03 Dec 2008, NO MAD TT AM wrote:

    As Ronaldo’s Manager in fantasy football I feel he owes me an apology.

    0 points and he was my captain 2 times 0 points none the less.

    I will play hard call him a tube and strip him of the captaincy.

    I reckon he will be crying into his corn flakes.

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  • 12. At 1:29pm on 03 Dec 2008, Vox Populi wrote:

    It was a badly mistimed jump by Ronaldo to head the ball, and he saw the ball heading toward his jaw rather than his forehead. His hands just instinctively came up to pat it down. It was one of those silly brainstorm moments and happened in a split second. Yes, he tried to cover it up by claiming he heard a whistle because it was bizarre and embarassing.
    But it was hardly the Hand of God.

    He had no advantage to gain by blatantly handling with two hands because it was actually easier to head it, he just had a brainstorm moment.

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  • 13. At 1:30pm on 03 Dec 2008, Forkner wrote:

    Robbo - Just wanted to point out a small fact. There was a whistle as the corner was taken by Rooney.

    Underneath the loud sound of a horn before the kick was taken... if you listen extra carefully there is definately a high pitched whistle like sound.

    I didn't hear it during in-game replays, but in the post match analasys it was replayed several times and I heared it every time.

    Unless you are deadly sure about something I suggest you keep your sarcastic comments to yourself.

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  • 14. At 1:33pm on 03 Dec 2008, Vox Populi wrote:

    Post 9.

    Utter rubbish. It's a matter of opinion, but I think thats cobblers.

    His skill levels and close control are exceptional, and certainly compare to the players you mention - I suppose you'll be saying next that you have skills as good as Ronaldo.

    If he's just the pacy athlete that you claim he is, I'm astonished that Bellion and Nani can't score 42 goals in a season for Man Utd.

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  • 15. At 1:36pm on 03 Dec 2008, Richzx6 wrote:

    Comment 7. "C. Ronaldo:Great footballer, awful human being!"

    How do you know? You've met him? You know him personally??
    Surely judging somebody like that makes YOU the awful human being here.


    Comment 9. "Apart from goals, he rarely makes a big impact in games with mesmerizing skill as the press would have us believe."

    "Apart from his goals"?! And here was me under the impression that goals were the... well the goal of football...



    Not a bad blog for once, Robbo - but it would be nice for some Ronaldo haters to get a life and maybe some perspective (he's not exactly a murderer or a sex offender, is he?), but there will always be ignorant fools, eh?

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  • 16. At 1:38pm on 03 Dec 2008, Dr Fibes wrote:

    It's a completely natural reaction for a human to raise their arms to protect the face when something is traveling quickly towards them.

    And why the stupid moisturiser comment? Oh, hang on, you're hard northerner, so looking 10 years older than you need to rather than applying skin protection probably makes sense.... :)

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  • 17. At 1:38pm on 03 Dec 2008, AJBenno80 wrote:

    #9 which orifice are you talking out of?

    I can't stand the guy ( I am after all an England supporter and the infamous 'wink' still wrangles with me), but the bloke scored 42 goals and probably got half that again in assists and you reckon he doesn't influence games?

    Do you actually understand football?

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  • 18. At 1:40pm on 03 Dec 2008, My Brazilname is "Seiano". wrote:

    WOW, you can read minds and translate Portugess. I'm very impressed.

    I thought he was thinking something along the lines of @ Greatest Plyer Ever, I am, Gods hand, Shall I use'

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  • 19. At 1:41pm on 03 Dec 2008, mattbobbillburns wrote:

    Barrow fan here Robbo. Big fan of your Blog for a long time and I'm delighted to see us get a mention!

    Can't wait for the game, counting down the days. Also looking forward to one of these legendary Parmo's.

    I'd love to read your Blog in a months time to see what your reaction is to Alfonso Alves being marked out of the game by Steve McNulty and Barrow scraping a courtesy of a 91st minute Jason Walker screamer.

    Come on the Barrow!

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  • 20. At 1:45pm on 03 Dec 2008, smithmeister24 wrote:

    nothing to do with this blog but me and my girlfriend met Martin Keown in an Oxford pub recently, he was a lovely guy. i told him that my great grand father played for Arsenal, here he is
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf_Haynes
    could you pass this on to him?

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  • 21. At 1:47pm on 03 Dec 2008, rosey05 wrote:

    Truth of the matter is, Ronaldo is one of, if not the best players in the world but on the other hand he is a cheat. He thinks he is above the law on occassions such as Sunday and he dives the second someone lays a finger on him. Very infuriating to watch and understanerbly he gets abuse every time he plays away from old trafford.

    Post #13 are you mad?! how can u say there was a whistle under the loud horn?! it makes no sense... there is no need to protect him he did a stupid thing and in typical united luck he gets suspended for a game he wouldn't of played in anyway so be quiet son!

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  • 22. At 1:57pm on 03 Dec 2008, Hargo A Go Go wrote:

    Man Utd fan here to give this CR7 issue some perspective. If Robbo and the rest of you would look at it objectively for a second, you would see that the guy had nothing to gain from handling the ball. He wasn't playing defence nor was he trying to prevent the ball from going out of bounds. It was indeed a reflex reaction much similar to the ione he had in the same match when the ball boy through the ball at him. I think the guy simplymistimed his jump or misjudged the ball and had a reflex rection to doing so. He didn't catch it, he just put his hands up and turned his head away. The funny thing is I know you guys know better but are just taking the opportunity to stick it to the 'gelled tumbler'; oh and what a great tumbler he is.

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  • 23. At 1:59pm on 03 Dec 2008, giveusbackourpoints wrote:

    Even if there was a whistle why not head it in the net? The worst that can happen is it gets ruled out. I think he had a moment of madness and then tried to get out of it.

    No. 3: of course ranting helps! It gets it off your chest. All fans do it.

    No. 9: what WERE you thinking? "Apart from a few good tunes what did The Beatles do?"

    No. 11: you, me and 500,000 others mate!

    No. 16: I can't believe we are discussing moisteriser on a football blog. I'm a soft southerner and I still think its stupid.

    No 21: spot on! The man obviously has no genetic connection to Eusebio.

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  • 24. At 2:00pm on 03 Dec 2008, An_der_son wrote:

    The Ronaldo handball was just one of those silly split second thinking moments. He over did his jump and thought its best to not get his nose broken. It's not really worth ranting about it. I fail to see why this incident that turned out to have no effect on the game matters at all.

    Personally i'd rather not have Wayne Rooney boot a ball at my face :-)

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  • 25. At 2:06pm on 03 Dec 2008, ilikesalmon wrote:

    im not big fan of robbo's normally but this one did have me crackin up. again there wasnt much of a point but there were definatley funny moments all the way thru. gotta say tho who r the pillocks defending Ronaldo??!! i mean he falls over every 3 seconds even wen no ones near him and expects a foul, now he handles the ball and then says that he heard a whistle.... do i believe him....hmmm... also y not just head the thing? thats wat he gets paid to do not catch it! people defending him need to think a little harder or get help from someone with a bit more common sense in future. enjoyed the article tho

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  • 26. At 2:06pm on 03 Dec 2008, footy_analysis - play beautifully - wrote:

    AJBenno80.....

    I did say, "apart from goals".

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  • 27. At 2:07pm on 03 Dec 2008, rubertos_08 wrote:

    Comment no. 13 you sound worse than the idiot Ronaldo if that was the whistle that he heard he wouldnt have went for the ball as it BEFORE the corner was taken. and you also use the words 'listen extra carefully' the fact that you say this kinda ruins your argument that he heard a whistle!

    excellent blog Robbo and please dont keep your sarcastic comments to yoursel

    gotta love a bit of ronaldo ripping!

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  • 28. At 2:07pm on 03 Dec 2008, Hargo A Go Go wrote:

    #26 what else would you have him do?

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  • 29. At 2:10pm on 03 Dec 2008, happy_red wrote:

    Scolari's ability to not demand a public apology from the players under his control who missed sitters or got themselves sent off is why this is just another manager with no respect for the referee. He is very quick - like most managers - to deflect criticism from himself and his team, instead heaping it on the (wrong) official who is paid a minute fraction of his and his players salaries.

    Why not instead focus on the missed chances from Lampard, Kalou etc. That would be too easy - to lay blame where it truly lies. Instead of focusing on the bad decision making of his players, he chooses instead to focus on one bad decision from a linesman (yes Scolari, it was the linesman who flagged, not the ref).

    It's about time we all lay off referees. They're like wives - thick skinned, opinionated, never change their minds and always right. And like wives, there's no point moaning as we can't live without them.

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  • 30. At 2:11pm on 03 Dec 2008, Armchair Dave wrote:

    It's clear that the Ronaldo handball was because he didn't want to mess up his hair. S-s-s-studio Line can only do so much. Have you ever seen The Fonz head a ball?

    What has the world come to when top Premiership footballers can't protect their lovely hair?

    He's more Alberto (VO5) than Ronaldo.

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  • 31. At 2:15pm on 03 Dec 2008, mstorrie wrote:

    C'mon Robbo, isn't it obvious?

    After a Certain Argentines visit to our fair shores recently Ronaldo realised that despite being the best footballer the permiership has ever seen, to achieve true football immortality he has to demonstrate the 'hand of god'.

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  • 32. At 2:25pm on 03 Dec 2008, themightlyandygray wrote:

    I'm with no.25. That was hilarious Robbo. Your best blog...ever!

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  • 33. At 2:27pm on 03 Dec 2008, collie21 wrote:

    Number 9 : enough people have slated you already I reckon.
    Robbo: look at the photo there is a push.
    What ever happened to a talking to, without a card? I know you think I am nuts, but I reckon if the ref had laughed it off no one would have been screaming for a second yellow... it was simple human error, as opposed to simple humans, many of whom are posting here :-)

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  • 34. At 2:30pm on 03 Dec 2008, Spitfire wrote:

    To comment 15:

    You can judge a lot about how good a human one is by the way they do their job.

    of course footballers are only human beings doing their jobs but they dont have to have the God complex i.e. I deserve your respect, I am never wrong, I never cheat(even though there is hours of video evidence to the contrary),.....

    If you do not have a memory span of a house fly, you might remember his antics during the WC to get Rooney a red, his diving on numerous occasions, his reactions to every single decision that has gone against him , always implying he has been wronged?

    You tell me what does that tell you about such a person? Would you tolerate him if he had'nt scored 42 goals and assisted in half as many?

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  • 35. At 2:35pm on 03 Dec 2008, collie21 wrote:

    NUmber 34 his antics to get rooney a red? you mean when wayne kicked him between the legs?

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  • 36. At 2:38pm on 03 Dec 2008, IanH wrote:

    Robbo (sort of) and the Fiver both praise Cristiano Ronaldo in a number of days? Just how in God's name am I supposed to know what to believe?

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  • 37. At 2:38pm on 03 Dec 2008, pineapple wrote:

    LMAO. The best explanation is from 31. It all makes sense now!

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  • 38. At 2:40pm on 03 Dec 2008, robgray111 wrote:

    Firstly, this Ronaldo thing is ridiculous, there's just no excuse for it... apart from... he shouldnt have been sent off then cos he should have been sent off for clapping at the referee for correctly booking him, he has a real superiority complex now, the only shame is that his suspension is for a carling cup game he probably wouldn't have played in anyway!!

    One thing though, why are you still berating Gomes?? All the stats tell you he's done more correct things than any keeper in the prem, in his last 3 games, conceded only 1 goal in this last 3 games, and that was to a dodgy deflection, just another case of you jumping on the media bandwagon... Problem is this wagon left weeks ago mate

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  • 39. At 2:42pm on 03 Dec 2008, pineapple wrote:

    35

    I thought it was Carvalho that Wayne kicked in the you-know-whats and the rest of the Portugal team (including Ronaldo) weren't exactly happy about this, to say the least.

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  • 40. At 2:43pm on 03 Dec 2008, collie21 wrote:

    hey footie analysis play beautifully, poster of 9 and 26,................................

    You can play as beautiful as you like but if you don't score you don't win.
    It's not sychronised diving you know, but given it's Ronaldo you are talking about and the wet look Gel, I can see the confusion.

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  • 41. At 2:47pm on 03 Dec 2008, Teiam - problem solved wrote:

    Robbo, there was sound analysis done after the game, a horn and whistle went off at the same time, it's not impossible for someone to hear the whistle, I personally don't see anything wrong with what he did apart from be a good sportsman 'cuz he heard Richards shout and a whistle go and instead of heading in (which he was in a prime position to do so may I add) he stopped play instead.

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  • 42. At 2:47pm on 03 Dec 2008, Stephenageboro wrote:

    A guaranteed chuckle every time, although does Martin O'Neill know about John Carew's twin brother, Seaton?

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  • 43. At 2:52pm on 03 Dec 2008, freddawlanen wrote:

    The best blog you've done to date Robbo.

    Fergie has always been the sort of manager who'll blindly stick up for his players no matter what, I bet he'd support them even if they stabbed an opponenet.
    'Big Phil' is quickly becoming one of the few managers that I respect because of his honesty in interviews, so Wenger, Fergie (and many more ;) ) please take a leaf out of his book and be honest for a change.

    ...As for Leeds Utd, the only thing left to feel now, is pity.

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  • 44. At 2:55pm on 03 Dec 2008, dandolinho wrote:

    ok, post 14.. ronaldo is a quality footballer, no dubt.. but cmon.. how many of them goals did he 1. win himself by mostly (not all the time admittedly) diving.. not to mention the fact that he takes all the penalties too... u look in the same season torres scores a flood of goals, breaks all sorts of records n doesnt take a single penalty or free kick n compare just goals from play.

    he has plenty of close control but the step overs dont actually do anything do they, n are pretty arrogant, especially when he does em for a laugh... then he n fergie n the rest of the united crew wonder why he gets kicked so much?

    dont get me wrong.. i still dont think any1 coulda touched him for that award... u gotta put them away no matter where they are from, n he scored many an important goal to get united the double.

    i do have to point out tho i dont think messi shoulda got 2nd, really, he is awesome, but barca did naff all last season.. torres did all the above n scored the winner in the european championships finals.. i think that was deserved of 2nd personally

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  • 45. At 2:58pm on 03 Dec 2008, jamezeeb1980 wrote:

    Absolutely hilarious. Not often I read something that actually makes me laugh out loud.

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  • 46. At 3:01pm on 03 Dec 2008, JustALitaBit wrote:

    Seriously Robbo I'd love to hear what you actually think happened with Ronaldo then. Why did he handball it when he could have scored? And what sort of punishment do you expect Sir Alex to be handing out?

    Even if the rules say that it has to be a sending off, fair enough, but the rules SHOULDN'T. How many times have we seen referees use "common sense" and not book someone for a dirty tackle early in a game? The rules need to be looked at, and referees need to stick to them.

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  • 47. At 3:05pm on 03 Dec 2008, IPL Prediction Champ 08/09 wrote:

    GARBAGE

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  • 48. At 3:05pm on 03 Dec 2008, beto1960 wrote:

    Ronaldo is very good , probably the best player in the EPL in a wide position. Scoring 42 goals last year was exceptional.

    But he is over rated , he is a supporting act to a team , he is not a Zidane type player or Scholes/Gerrard/Lampard to a lesser extent who can control a match throughout.

    Playing for Portugal he rarely has a good game, even the Portuguese say "he only plays well for Man Utd ".

    To be fair , I think he must have heard a whistle to handle the ball from that corner. There is no other explanation , the ball was there to be played it was a good cross, and he jump was not mistimed .


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  • 49. At 3:05pm on 03 Dec 2008, nogginthenogforever wrote:

    44.Dandolhino

    Ronaldo scored 3 penalties last season, one more myth that 'all his goals were penalties from diving' ill informed like to perpetuate.

    His attitude isnt the best, hes a bit cocky, but then all the greats , with the possible exception of Pele, have been, genius is normally flawed.

    Judge him on his on field ability, and his awards are fully deserved.

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  • 50. At 3:09pm on 03 Dec 2008, sheeptest wrote:

    #30 - Excellent point. I've researched the matter thoroughly and can confirm that the Fonz never headed a ball.
    I have to criticise your Alberto comment however, that is juvenile.

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  • 51. At 3:09pm on 03 Dec 2008, wallyhammond12345 wrote:

    great read mate

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  • 52. At 3:10pm on 03 Dec 2008, Scottish Bergkamp wrote:

    anybody else think ronaldo should show a "little" bit more respect to refs? instead of applauding them when they book him. overrated player, bergkamp and henry too awesome for ronaldo to handle ;)

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  • 53. At 3:12pm on 03 Dec 2008, dyrewolfe wrote:

    Brilliant article Robbo...had me laughing out loud quite a few times (and figuring out a recipe for home-made parmos!)

    I think Post 7 sums up most non-Man Utd fans' opinion of Cristiano Ronaldo.

    I would also add that, if he could cut out the cheating and start showing a little respect (not flaws exclusive to the "gelled tumbler", by any means) I think many more people, including myself, would think of him as a great player...not merely very skilful.

    He may well be a very nice person off the field, but anyone with decent eyesight and half a brain can see CR is equal parts genius and con-artist.

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  • 54. At 3:12pm on 03 Dec 2008, dandolinho wrote:

    ok 3 penalties.. how many 'self won, diving to get em free kicks' did he score? i dont mind the fact that he is actually great at free kicks, but its his way of winning them that gets me going.

    pele, zidane, berkamp, henry, messi.. i could go on about players that have genuine class but use it better, n at better times m8

    his on field ability is flawed and contridicted by his blatant diving... remember rivaldo at the world cup get hit with the ball in the legs n held his face.. how every1's perception of him fell after it.. its the same with ronnie.

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  • 55. At 3:16pm on 03 Dec 2008, MrBlueBurns wrote:

    It's funny isn't it. I think most people seem to regard Zidane as one of the greatest players to grace the game and few, if any, go on to say 'but' and then mention the 2006 World Cup final.

    However, most/many people (myself included) rightly praise Ronaldo's ability yet find we cannot give full credit to him because of the way he conducts himself. There is very much a 'but' when we hand out praise in his direction.

    Also, and I have no way of knowing this but it is just a prediction, when he does leave these shores, as I think he will, sooner rather than later, you get the impression that he might then start saying 'things' about this country and it's football. I think he wants wherever he is to be considered the best.

    Just my opinion.

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  • 56. At 3:17pm on 03 Dec 2008, bnzss wrote:

    I laughed at the blog, but your lauding of Ronaldo is silly... I realise the press (and the BBC especially) love him to death, but there's not a chance that he is at Bergkamp's level in terms of skill.

    The crucial missing link though is that while he's in the right place at the right time in games against bad teams, he never, ever shows up for big games. He's marked out of them and loses his bottle.

    That is not 'best player in the world' material for me.

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  • 57. At 3:17pm on 03 Dec 2008, leerobson wrote:

    Haha nice one.

    Its about time someone came out and had the guts to actually speak out against ronaldo. the media are all over him for being brilliant but what they fail to mention is his personality and this is why people either love him or hate him.

    I would have a lot more respect for him if he didnt keep telling us that he is the best, his football does that for him. and until he stops thinking hes above the rest of the world, i wont find him in the league of henry, van nistlerooy, torres etc.

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  • 58. At 3:19pm on 03 Dec 2008, Devil_In_Scarlet wrote:

    39

    your almost right carvalho was involed as well as one other portuguese player who i cant quite remember but i know it wasn't ronaldo.

    Ronaldo saw the stomping and shuffling from his two team mates plus wayne rooney and only got involved when the referee started handing out cards.

    Not to get too deeply involved in this incident of the past but wayne rooney was actually fouled twice in that "tussle" and seemed to react in anger, I am sure most of us know that at the time that was a typical rooney reaction and his game has changed since then, and as he was the last seen commiting a foul he was sent off.

    As for the handball issue i watched the game and remember clearly looking on in confusion. It seems clear to me there was no push or whistle that he would mistake for the refs, at the same time he clearly wasn't cheating or trying to gain an advantage as there is no way that was going in.

    I believe it was just a moment of madness that football fans should look at as one of the funnier things we have seen.

    I have gone on a bit here but one last thing...why wouldn't Alex Ferguson defend him in public? If you were a football player in this situation would you prefer a manger that criticised you in front of the press or one that just repeated your same story and delat with it internally so it doesnt become public news.

    There is no doubt in my mind ronaldo is suffering in training at the hands of Man Utds other players. Time to let it lie I feel.

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  • 59. At 3:21pm on 03 Dec 2008, dyrewolfe wrote:

    P.S

    The Boro vs Barrow tie does have me worried.

    I still occasionally have flashbacks to the home game against Hednesford!

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  • 60. At 3:23pm on 03 Dec 2008, nogginthenogforever wrote:

    54. At 3:12pm on 03 Dec 2008, dandolinho wrote:

    ok 3 penalties.. how many 'self won, diving to get em free kicks' did he score? i dont mind the fact that he is actually great at free kicks, but its his way of winning them that gets me going.

    pele, zidane, berkamp, henry, messi.. i could go on about players that have genuine class but use it better, n at better times m8

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    So are you saying he never gets fouled, and every free kick is 'a dive'?
    I dispelled your ill informed rant about menalties, so you make something else up.
    he is, and has been for 2 seasons, the most fouled player in the premiership. Ergo, he gets awarded more free kicks.

    Henry is JUST as petulant, so was Bergkamp in his prime, and lionel' Hand of god' messi being touted as a parogon of virtue not only amuses me, given how porud of his cheating he actually was, it showes how little you actually know about teh names you spew out.

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  • 61. At 3:23pm on 03 Dec 2008, JayRed - The Babes' Remembered Forever and a day! wrote:

    Robbo, I am sorry and I apologise for the complete and utter offence but... your blogs are as entertaining as Chelsea.

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  • 62. At 3:25pm on 03 Dec 2008, Suliman Ahmed wrote:

    Great blog there Robbo. I actually agree with nearly everything there except the whistle. I listened on Match of the Day this past weekend and swear blindly that I heard a whistle directly after the air horns at pitch side.

    Having said that, the lad should not have held his hands up but should have tried to head the ball in. It was a moment of madness which I'm sure Ronaldo himself would admit too.

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  • 63. At 3:28pm on 03 Dec 2008, burger_j wrote:

    funny how all this fuss was not made when messy did his own "hand of god"

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  • 64. At 3:33pm on 03 Dec 2008, MrBlueBurns wrote:

    #63

    Was any fuss made in Spain?

    Surely, with Ronaldo the ref saw it.

    With Messi neither the ref nor the linesman saw it.

    Either way, Messi's is worse. I didn't see the Ronaldo incident but was the ref right?

    If common sense is a factor, what advantage was Ronaldo trying to gain?

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  • 65. At 3:34pm on 03 Dec 2008, Medieval-Evil wrote:

    In my opinion, Christiano Ronaldo proves that there is no God. I mean, what kind of all-loving deity would give that much talent to such a git?

    And #61, if you don't enjoy Robbo's blogs, STOP READING them.

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  • 66. At 3:36pm on 03 Dec 2008, dandolinho wrote:

    he may well do.. n i point out to WHY he does in my 1st post.. but are u telling me that all of his free kicks, in fact are u telling me that most of his free kicks have been awarded on the grounds of a genuine tackle of just a tap?

    im certainly not actually digging the lad on his football.. his football is amazing at times...

    his dives, play acting, petulance and sour sportsmanship is what gets mine n pretty much every other supporter out there irrate

    i wasnt saying they wer 'paragons of virtue' just that they manage to pull it off with much much more class and subtelty that CR. they all do it, but to do it, spit ur dummy out n then clap the ref wen it dont go ur way is just plain wrong.. no matter how much u defend him coz he plays for ur team it doesnt disguise the fact that its unsporting, mores o than any player past or present!

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  • 67. At 3:37pm on 03 Dec 2008, baybreezeinc wrote:

    i believe he was fishing for a penalty. he was pushed enough to take him off his line and compromise a free header. he could have made a go at it,but he gambled and lost. Or maybe he just wanted this week off. who knows?

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  • 68. At 3:39pm on 03 Dec 2008, Ayoade Oluwasanmi wrote:

    Robbo, I think you deserve a comedy award. I don't for the life of me understand how people do not like your blog. You totally crack me up. Love the article. And I also agree with your surmisings on the gelled tumbler. Love the name.

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  • 69. At 3:40pm on 03 Dec 2008, RememberScarborough wrote:

    Just imagine if it had hit him in the face - the majority of the British public would have been dining out on it for the rest of the season. He should have got a three game ban for ungentlemanly conduct for spoiling a potential universal football moment (Banks' save, Brazil 1970 goal etc)

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  • 70. At 3:43pm on 03 Dec 2008, JustMeChatting wrote:

    @44 Torres is a center forward, Ronaldo isn't.

    Out of interest, when Di Canio grabbed the ball for W.Ham to stop the play for an injured player, why wasn't he pilloried and abused from pillar to post?

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  • 71. At 3:46pm on 03 Dec 2008, dandolinho wrote:

    i wasnt comparing positions btw, just stating what can b scored form open play if u put ur mind to it

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  • 72. At 3:46pm on 03 Dec 2008, MrBlueBurns wrote:

    JustMeChatting wrote:
    @44 Torres is a center forward, Ronaldo isn't.

    Out of interest, when Di Canio grabbed the ball for W.Ham to stop the play for an injured player, why wasn't he pilloried and abused from pillar to post?
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    Because Ronaldo didn't grab the ball to stop the play for an injured player, did he?

    Anyway, rightly or wrongly (and probably wrongly) given Ronaldo's attitude he is unlikely to curry the same sort favour that other players do/did. He should learn that.

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  • 73. At 3:50pm on 03 Dec 2008, coolguymanutd wrote:

    Ronadlo deserves the crown Messi may have greater ball control but were the that take Barca last season-no were.

    Ronadihlo in his prime won these awards too but the award is based on current form not on histories.

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  • 74. At 3:50pm on 03 Dec 2008, sweetsmellofsuccess wrote:

    Ronaldo was the best player in Europe last season, without question. He scored 42 goals in one of the toughest leagues in the world, and helped his team win the Champions' League. That's good enough for me.

    It's nice to see a wide player (rather than striker or central midfielder) win the award. I would have liked to see him thank his team-mates more profusely (especially Rooney and Tevez), and I rate Scholes our best-ever player, but even so.

    I dislike some of his antics, and wouldn't want to spend all day with the guy. But that doesn't detract from his ability on the pitch. It makes me laugh to see all these other players lauded as special human beings. Ronaldo hasn't punched the ball into the net (Maradona, Messi), headbutted an opponent and cost his nation a World Cup (Zidane), snorted oodles of coke (Maradona again), created havoc in his national squad for years (Cruyff). All these individuals were/are great players, but not Nelson Mandela in terms of character. Who cares?

    Oh, and I expect Fergie to back his own players. He wouldn't get (or expect) loyalty on the pitch if he didn't display it off the pitch. That's what a good manager does. Managers who players would "run through a brick wall for" are managers who get the most from their team. Look at Shankly, Clough, Stein, etc.

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  • 75. At 3:51pm on 03 Dec 2008, nogginthenogforever wrote:

    64. At 3:33pm on 03 Dec 2008, MrBlueBurns wrote:


    Either way, Messi's is worse. I didn't see the Ronaldo incident but was the ref right?
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    By the letter of the law yes he was.

    I dont really have any idea what Ronaldo was up to, but the one thing he wasnt doing, which to me is the most important one, was seeking to gain an advantage.

    He didnt try to steer it towards the goal, he in fact knocked itr away from both himself and the two attackers behind him.
    Thats why its so strange really, but as there was no attempt to cheat the opposition, not hide what he did from the ref, I dont understand the villification.

    But a second yellow for deliberate handball was technically the correct desicion.

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  • 76. At 3:53pm on 03 Dec 2008, NO MAD TT AM wrote:

    I know the real reason he handled the ball.

    My mates, sisters, best pals, grans, ex husbands, mistresses, hairdressers, sons, fiancee works in the ticket office at Old Trafford.

    He heard Ron saying to Roon "I have a hot date lined up for Wednesday night".

    Roon replied "but Ron we have a cup match against Blackburn on Wednesday."

    Ron said to Roon "Fear not young Roon I have a plan to ear a one match suspension and thus miss the Blackburn tie in which you Roon shall score the winning goal"

    I don't know about you but I believe it and my money is on Rooney to be last goal scorer tonight...

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  • 77. At 3:55pm on 03 Dec 2008, JustMeChatting wrote:

    @72 If you go by Ronaldos reaction, he pointed towards Richards on the ground and indicated that he heard the whistle.

    None of us can be sure if this is true or not, but that's what the pictures showed.

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  • 78. At 4:04pm on 03 Dec 2008, Leviticus wrote:

    Yes strange and bizarre but harldy the Bermuda Triangle? Maybe he was daydreaming about whether to wear pink boots or not or his next Brylcream commercial.

    And I ask you - pink boots? What are they now, nancy boys? Can you see Ronnie Harris, Norman Hunter or Jackie Charlton in pink boots.

    He did deserve to be 'Golden Balls' for his exploits last season but one of the best to grace the Premier League? Yes. but not THE best. Bergkamp, Zola, Henry, Ronaldo? Take your pick. It's down to opinion.

    Football is about opinion. Which so many posters on here seem to forget. All very touchy! They seem to have no other life outside of football, little sense of humour, take themselves far too seriously and unable to take an objective long view. Mention Einsteins Theory of Relativity and they think you are talking about a German defensive line up.

    Mind you - back to CR - when he takes a free kick he certainly seems to bend light and time on occasions.

    And is there any truth to the rumour that Sir Alex is going to appear on Grumpy Old Men and /or Strictly Come Dancing?

    And talking about Wayne Rooney. Has anyone else noticed how much he looks like Desperate Dan?

    Lighten up all you blokes. I remember when football was full of entertainers like Rodney Marsh, Frank Worthington, Peter Osgood and Stan Bowles. Those were the days.

    Not the trench warfare that it so often is now.







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  • 79. At 4:04pm on 03 Dec 2008, aka_bluepeter wrote:

    Robbo, first of all I am a Man City fan so have no interest in fawning to Christina Ronaldo. No my interest is that anti christ of a rule the Yellow Card rule.
    For example in the interests of logic and on the balance of probabilities answer me this question;
    Could Ronaldo have buried the header in the gaping net had he not been distracted by a push resulting in what he thought was and probably should have been a whistle? Did he try to gain any advantage by protecting his finely coiffured hair and make up by guiding the ball into the net Maradona style or to one of his team mates?
    Furthermore I have seen worse tackles fail to earn a free kick let alone result in a yellow card.
    The yellow card rule takes away a ref's discretion and in turn allows no measure of the severity of the offences, including allowing for ref's realising after the event that he/she has erroneously given a yellow card.
    Despite yours and my enjoyment in watching it happen, there is no way Christina deserved to walk.
    The Yellow card rule needs to be adapted to allow for soft yellow cards by sending players to a sin bin for 10 or 15 minutes or something like it.

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  • 80. At 4:05pm on 03 Dec 2008, yesTHATironingboard wrote:

    hey guess what?

    yes, burnley beat arsenal in the carling cup (as well as fulham and chelsea at the bridge).

    hardly worth a mention i know when it comes to the histrionics of ronaldo but i was wondering if you'd ever heard of us and what we need to do to get noticed?

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  • 81. At 4:06pm on 03 Dec 2008, baseyboy wrote:

    If Ronaldo's a diver, what does that make Gerrard, Cole (Both Ashley and Joe), Owen........hang on pretty much half the england team.

    I wish people would stop this xenophobia, in which they only highlight bad things foreign players do.

    English players dive, foreigm players dive, am i the only one bored of hearing about it.

    Will everyone get off Ronaldo's back, the guy is class. One of the best EVER to play the game, no question and he's only lile 24...People who knock him are mainly jealous and still hung up 'cos he was involved in Rooney's red card at World Cup 2006. which incidentally was 100% Rooneys own fault, and if the roles were reversed noone would have had a problem with Rooney pointing out to the ref that Ronaldo had just stamped on an english player.

    So lets all grow up, stop being xenopobes and appreciate true greatness.

    And oh yea by the way, i dont support United before you all ask, i am just mature enough to recognise Ronaldo's genius

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  • 82. At 4:09pm on 03 Dec 2008, yannisx wrote:

    Good Blog and not far from the truth.
    Man City trying to sign Real goalkeeper for 129Quid, I reckon they could get Ronaldoooow for half the price

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  • 83. At 4:09pm on 03 Dec 2008, Celts_R_Here wrote:

    Loved the comment about Fergie treating Ronnie like a Ming Vase!! Classic!!

    The handball was just a human error.... he is still human you know - he jumped to early and used his hands to block it. But in Classic Ronaldo style he tried the ''innocent face'' and claiming he ''heard'' a whistle!! You can't fault the guy for trying...

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  • 84. At 4:09pm on 03 Dec 2008, nice_mini_cooper_bro wrote:

    @ forkner

    While I'm sure there are countless amounts of comments like yours listed at earlier times, yours happened to be the first I came across so you'll be receiving my critique.

    Your argument is garbage. First of all, Robbo gets paid to share his opinions. It is, in the most literal sense, his job. Nobody forced you to read his comments, so if you don't like what he's writing, you don't have to read it.

    As for the matter at hand, why would it matter if Ronaldo DID hear a whistle just before the kick was taken? Think about it. He's a few yards from Man City's goal, and when he thinks he hears a whistle, you think he's going to be a good sport and "deflect it out of bounds?" Absolutely not. He would play the ball as though there were no whistle, and if it ended up in the back of the net, he would either be praised for his effort (if it wasn't a goal) or praised because he scored (if it was a goal).

    To me, the whistle excuse is right up there with the ridiculousness of protecting his face. None of us will ever know why he actually did it, and it was definitely bizarre. The one thing we all do know, however, is that it was a terrible, terrible play, any way you slice it.

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  • 85. At 4:09pm on 03 Dec 2008, BestanCant0na wrote:

    Yeah i would have to agree and say Ronaldo was the best player this past year. 42 Goals plus a winners medal in the league and champions league proves how much he helped united. Messi and a few other players were close but to be honest it could not go to any one but Ronaldo.

    But i would have to disagree with your point of him being the best player the prem has ever seen I would say that goes to eric cantona. He won 4 titles in 5 seasons at man utd and before he moved to man utd he won the old first division with leeds. now i know you lot will think im crazy but i think the common denomintator here is cantona, he played for leeds when they won and for united when they won the title, also when he was banned for kung fu kicking that fan man utd finished second. Cantona had everything ronaldo did and more sure he was not as fast but he could pass or cross the ball perfectly and also he scored fantastic goals. the goal vs sunderland (i think) where he took on about 5 players and had a 1-2 then chipped the goalie and just stood there like the king he is.
    thanks for reading :)

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  • 86. At 4:14pm on 03 Dec 2008, lfcfan9 wrote:

    that moisteriser comment is bang out of order, its gods gift to men.

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  • 87. At 4:18pm on 03 Dec 2008, toongordon wrote:

    Robbo

    Ronaldo´s handball wasn´t half as hilarious as another Portuguese great´s antics while at Atletico Madrid.
    Fuitre, yes it was he, caught a cross and threw it into the net and then, this is the killer, ran away celebrating.
    Unbelievable but true - it might be on You Tube.

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  • 88. At 4:18pm on 03 Dec 2008, fritzybaby1 wrote:

    I know what happened with the Ronaldo handball incident and why he done it.

    When the corner comes in, you can hear someone has blown one of those Air Horn things and i think he simply shat himself and instinctively pawed away the ball.

    That's why he said he heard a "beep" after the match and not a "whistle".

    Theres a video here http://www.lovefooty.net/manchester-city-vs-manchester-united-highlights-video-premiership/.

    Watch it and listen out for the air horn.

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  • 89. At 4:20pm on 03 Dec 2008, Born_Again wrote:

    56 -

    The crucial missing link though is that while he's in the right place at the right time in games against bad teams, he never, ever shows up for big games. He's marked out of them and loses his bottle.

    That is not 'best player in the world' material for me.


    You don't watch much football do you? You obviously missed last season's CL Final (The biggest club game in the world)

    You might want to check out his goals and assist record against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool too.

    Some people are just sheep......

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  • 90. At 4:20pm on 03 Dec 2008, markadoi84 wrote:

    Can I just say that having never met him I think I am in a position to say that Ronaldo is probably the nicest person in the world. Nicer even than Jeremy Irons, who can admittedly eat more cheese in one hour than Ronaldo can. However, it's quality NOT quantity, and that's why Ronaldo will always go for a nice pork pie, 3 pickled onions and a pepperami to spice things up a bit. Good luck to the guy, fantastic stuff.

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  • 91. At 4:22pm on 03 Dec 2008, markadoi84 wrote:

    On a totally unrelated subject, has anybody seen those massive French Fancies they're selling in Tescos? Not even Fanny Craddock could have dreamt something like that up.

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  • 92. At 4:23pm on 03 Dec 2008, peejkerton wrote:

    He was a very silly boy indeed. No one in their right mind, in that position would've handled it, and I have no idea why he would do it... Other than he wanted a few days off after getting the Golden Ball on Monday...

    Its just astounding that a player would "protect his face" instead of using his head and trying to put it in.

    And the excuses are shocking from some people. The yellow card rule is there, it exists... complaining how it isn't fair is a bit late. Its something everyone is aware of and they sign up and agree to play to the rules.

    And as a West Brom fan, the guy on his day is absolute blistering class and one of the best in Europe if not the world.

    They say form is temporary, class is permanent. He's 23... Long way to go before we find out which of these is his current situation. Cause off the pitch I'd certainly not rate him as too classy.

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  • 93. At 4:26pm on 03 Dec 2008, markadoi84 wrote:

    Needless to say...

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  • 94. At 4:27pm on 03 Dec 2008, Some_Random_Guy wrote:

    Why are people insulting Ronaldo's personality? Do you know him? Stop being so pathetic. Crawl back under your rocks.

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  • 95. At 4:28pm on 03 Dec 2008, markadoi84 wrote:

    Best comment of the day goes to 'Born Again' - "Some people are just sheep......"

    Errrrr....no they're not. All people are people. Some sheep may be goats (although we're not sure) but I have never met a mansheep in my entire life.

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  • 96. At 4:31pm on 03 Dec 2008, the_dancing_feet_of wrote:

    You probably won't care what I think... but here it is:

    Just watched the video, and read Fergie's comments saying Ronaldo thought he had had a push in the back.

    I think he felt the push and as a natural reaction to "I've been fouled in the box, that's a penalty" I think he decided to make it clear play had stopped, the same as when players get tripped and then fall down and grab the ball.

    In his defence I think he knew immediately that he was an idiot for doing it, as his reaction to the penalty claim (pointing to the guy who had pushed him) was half-hearted (like the push, incidently).

    It was a stupid thing to do, but you see people fall on the ball in the centre-circle all the time and it's a good way of making it clear you've been fouled. This time though, it cost him.

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  • 97. At 4:36pm on 03 Dec 2008, markadoi84 wrote:

    OK I think we need a voice of sense in here and I am your man - Ronaldo ball hand cheese penalty area? If Mark Hughes didn't clap his bongo then I think referee eats around the toilet but never inside the fortune cookie, otherwise the helicopter runs out of jelly resulting in an egg. Thanks for listening, glad to be of educational, social, cultural and heartfelt assistance.

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  • 98. At 4:37pm on 03 Dec 2008, kevthered83 wrote:

    all this talk about the Ronaldo handball. Yes he handled it, yes it was a bookable offence, so yes he should have been sent off.

    However...I feel this whole incident would have been a non talking point if it wasnt for some bald headed chappy that I have not been particularly fond of this season, Mr Howard Webb.

    In the Manchester Derby, Mr Webb did himself no favours with the constant flashing of the Yellow card for nothing challenges....which was literally the case in Ronaldo's 1st booking. Yes he could have risked another yellow with his mock applause, but the initial yellow card should not have been brandished.

    Yes I may be clutching at tiny straws to diffuse a situation here, but It gives me a chance to rant about my least favourite official. In fact the name Howard seems to ooze annoyance (dam you Halifax guy), but Mr Webb has been the least consistent ref this season.

    yes in previous seasons he has been our best, which in fairness isnt a great achievement, but this season he seems to be resting on past reputations and his performances have suffered. I would class Howard Webb as 1 of the worst ref's this season, and the fact that this Ronaldo handball talking point is still at large on Wednesday, mainly down by poor refereeing to begin with gives me further ammunition to my argument.

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  • 99. At 4:39pm on 03 Dec 2008, SearsIsTheFuture wrote:

    Gotta say i dont like ronaldo one bit at all i think he is so smug and him saying he was the 1st 2nd and 3rd best players in the world annoyed me so much but i have to say i think he wouldnt have done this unless he heard something which he thought was a whistle. the ball was coming straight to his head and with his ability he would have put it away easily. to say it would have hit him n mess up his face and all that yeh you can with ronaldo but it was going to hit his forehead and he could have easily directed it. how many noises in the crowd are there that could have sounded like a whistle. have to add i dont like ronaldo by the way!

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  • 100. At 4:43pm on 03 Dec 2008, baybreezeinc wrote:

    Ronaldo is tough as nails.

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  • 101. At 4:48pm on 03 Dec 2008, jayred wrote:

    How's about 'Didier Drogba, wherever you are, i know that my heart....'
    It's just I know Drogba likes to go down, bit like the Titanic...

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  • 102. At 4:49pm on 03 Dec 2008, ManUphoria wrote:

    Man utd fan here. Ronaldo gave a silly excuse for his sending off. I hate it but have to admit he dives and sometimes rolls over too easily.
    To post#9

    Apart from goals he rarely makes an impact: I beg your pardon-Isn't that' one is supposed to do i.e. score goals in football.
    AS for skill levels, I doubt Messi or Robinho would be able to take dipping free kicks or head goals as Ronaldo does. His free kick technique is unique and effective.
    Outshone by Messi in Europe:
    Okay beat this, scored the wining goals against Lyon, Scored against Roma, scored in the final and had 10 odd goals to show in the whole CL campaign. Messi is just skill/flair but the end-product is missing.

    And he is not even a striker- a winger or attacking midfielder- 42 goals.
    STUNNING!

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  • 103. At 4:55pm on 03 Dec 2008, Born_Again wrote:

    all this talk about the Ronaldo handball. Yes he handled it, yes it was a bookable offence, so yes he should have been sent off.


    Technically it wasn't an automatic booking as it served to gain no advantage.

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  • 104. At 4:56pm on 03 Dec 2008, lp10393nufc wrote:

    1 Million metres is infact Marseille.
    Which is where Van Persie will be in January if Arsenal dont pull their socks up.

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  • 105. At 5:00pm on 03 Dec 2008, Kapnag wrote:

    Robbo, you talk more about Ronaldo and United then you do about Boro

    And why are you acting like you've never made up a lame excuse in your life and stuck by it? We all do it

    God this blog is so pointless - it's a summary of all the crackpots that post on the 606 forums

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  • 106. At 5:00pm on 03 Dec 2008, TopClassCitizen - Its Hart-y Time wrote:

    Absolutely hilarious, though i can see why biased United fans might not like this...

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  • 107. At 5:02pm on 03 Dec 2008, Devil_In_Scarlet wrote:

    104

    ...unless you dont go 1 million metres towards france...

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  • 108. At 5:04pm on 03 Dec 2008, nickduggy wrote:

    robbo!

    i've never known someone be able to ramble on about a load of tosh in all my days!

    fergie's 'he was protecting his face' comment was, my friend, the ultimate rollocking! in that single statement he publicly shames ronaldo for being more concerned with the way he looks than football.

    didn't read any further cos the nonsense had bored me to.. well not quite to tears.. but boredom enough to not read about your hot air on scolari.

    last week's was good aswell!

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  • 109. At 5:08pm on 03 Dec 2008, shesaidz wrote:

    Regarding Ronaldo's handball - regardless of why he did it, it shouldn't have been a booking.

    People seem to think that because it's such an obvious handball, it should be a yellow card. Why should it? He hasn't sought to gain an unfair advantage, he's not broken up the opposition's attack. It's a free kick, NOT a booking.

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  • 110. At 5:13pm on 03 Dec 2008, Robbo Robson wrote:

    I just want to establish the fact that I'm not really having a huge go at Ronaldo. Can't say I warm to the lad but you cannot deny his ability and it's stupid to try. What I can't bear is when your top prima donna does a dimwit thing and the manager gets all apologetic on his behalf. So he had a brainstorm. Stop trying to explain it away as if the lad's incapable of human frailty. And enough of this horn sounding nonsense. Happens all the time. It's not a cue for you to magic yourself into the opposition 'keeper.

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  • 111. At 5:15pm on 03 Dec 2008, G_is_God wrote:

    Funny stuff. Totaly spot on Fergie's laughable excuses for Ronaldo. Five years ago he would have given him a smacking and a hefty fine but no more, coz Fergie's lost it. Coz deep down he knows that without the fancy boy United are nothing more than average. He may be an overrated trick pony with questionable morals (recent sightings with lap dancers and prostitutes, as well as accusations of rape spring to mind) but boy is he an athlete-diving, volleyball-he has got it all!

    As for Big Phil- he never had a plan B. And he said so himself, memorably after Portugal's loss to Chech Republic in the last Euros, something like: 'They played with 5 midlfielders and we had two wingers so we didnt know what to do!' Ha! Someone should have briefed the man about the premiership before he took the job..

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  • 112. At 5:30pm on 03 Dec 2008, Hargo A Go Go wrote:

    Wow!!! I can't believe people hate this gy so much, and for what? Nothing more than not being on their team.

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  • 113. At 5:37pm on 03 Dec 2008, Spitfire wrote:

    People hate him so much because he was the best footballer last year, yet his antics are shameful.

    Imagine a CR without his cheap tricks, we have the closest thing to god on the pitch.

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  • 114. At 5:41pm on 03 Dec 2008, shuggyMU wrote:

    I cannot believe the selective memory people have. Ronaldo is no more of a cheat, in-fact less of, than countless players who have been celebrated in the comments. Henry? Going down clutching his face against Spain when he got elbowed in the chest by Puyol in Euro 2008? What about diving vs Portugal to get a penalty in world cup 06? Youtube it. What about Gerrard who dives every week for club and country! Remember Liverpool's injury time "penalty" in the champions league the other week? How about Jon Terry going in two footed at the weekend? Yet no one criticises him. These things just get forgotten about, because people want a reason to dislike Ronaldo.

    Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the best players the premiership has seen, simple as. All of this "awful person" chat is quite frankly clutching at straws by jealous fans who wish they had someone with half of his skill in their team.


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  • 115. At 5:43pm on 03 Dec 2008, forestgreenfan5 wrote:

    112 & 113

    People hate him so much because he's a cheat.
    In my opinion, no player who cheats should get the Ballon D'or, which is why it should've gone to Torres this year. Torres' class was the only reason Liverpool did as well as they did last season. Without him (the last few games will show) they look toothless at the moment.
    There's no denying that the lad Ronaldo has skill, so why doesn't he just stick to using his skills instead of cheating? There is no excuse for diving imo.

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  • 116. At 5:47pm on 03 Dec 2008, Neon_Ball wrote:

    Very Good blog, spot on with the few paragraphs about ronaldo, got me leaughing and it was telling the truth at the same time. Its true that wuthout ronaldo united are average, and with him we all get to see what it takes to be a good actor/swimming diver, we also get to see alot of ferguson ranting to the refs about him getting fouled and put to ground alot (hes not getting fouled its called havng no physical strengh and going to ground easier than a feather), now iv had my half rant about ronaldo, as usual good blog Robbo. Great rants and some good laughable stuff, also true stuff.
    Well done.

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  • 117. At 5:53pm on 03 Dec 2008, exquisitearsenal wrote:

    On the subject of Cristiano Ronaldo, there is no doubt that he has flourished under the expert management of Alex Ferguson and developed the skill and technical prowess of a world-beater. However, there are two things concerning Ronaldo, which evoke some serious questions.

    In the important matches such as against Barcelona in the Champions league, Ronaldo has suffered from some cataclysmic underperformances. He becomes a peripheral figure and in the mentioned game, Messi dominated the spotlight. In truth, Manchester United were fortunate to win as it was only Barcelona's profligacy, which prevented them from leaving United's defence is disarray.

    Also, there are times when he doesn't appear totally devoted to the club that is responsible for his rise in fortunes. His muted celebration aganist West Bromwich Albion earlier in the season indicated to me that he didn't value the nurturing environment his club had offered him. I could compare him to a stubborn child, who didn't get the sweets that he wanted. Ronaldo had the same attitude but his complaints stemmed from the assumption that his club had denied him his dream opportunity to join Real Madrid. It was in that monent when i realised that his prominence in the football world may have triggered this conspicuous arrogance.

    As an Arsenal supporter, it's impossible to imagine the benefits a player like Ronaldo would bring to our club, but the propsect of an ungrateful Ronaldo disrupting our dressing room ethos and testing the patience of Wenger is not a positive one. The number of fans Ronaldo has is testimony to the aesthetic splendour he contributes to the spectacle every time he plays. I cannot credit him enough for his ability to conjure magnificent goals to rescue his team from a seemingly unthreatening position. His unique style of dribbling and free-kick taking has brought something different to the game and ignited the passion among youngsters to imitate him. He is now an icon for the sport and while his persona is maybe not desirable, that is not a crime.

    This was not a rant at Ronaldo, as you can see but just an evaluation of a special individual, a mercurial talent and a talisman.

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  • 118. At 5:57pm on 03 Dec 2008, SuperStrikerShivam wrote:

    Viva Ronaldo!

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  • 119. At 5:59pm on 03 Dec 2008, exquisitearsenal wrote:

    if you had noticed 'is disarray', i meant 'in disarray'!

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  • 120. At 6:02pm on 03 Dec 2008, Robificastor wrote:

    Post 9

    what a stupid comment, he doesnt add to games other than goals, apart from scoring and winning what else is there to football you clown, or maybe you're an Arsenal fan that thinks mesmerising football and losing is the best part?

    I'm quite sure every single fan would want him in there team and those that dont are lying, stupid or like to lose.

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  • 121. At 6:15pm on 03 Dec 2008, DaBull wrote:

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  • 122. At 6:19pm on 03 Dec 2008, watterswatto wrote:

    Robbaldo is different class. Always makes me laugh out loud. Ronaldo also different class, as a Liverpool fan I wish we had him. Apart from the synchronised diving with Gerrard we'd have another much needed match winner.

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  • 123. At 6:19pm on 03 Dec 2008, snoopbrummybrum wrote:

    oh dear oh dear oh dear!
    did he more or less say chelsea are average without drogba and j.cole. so lampard the best CM in the world right now is average?
    deco, mikel if fact all of them are match winners. i understand there is something missing to them as they are losing points, and although they were highly unlucky to lose to arsenal they should have never have let them get back in the game, but how ignorant is it to say "and Joe Cole and Drog aren't there, they're a bit bloody average".
    i think its fair to say in the first few months of the season chelsea were the most in-form team in the world, and drogba and j.cole were not the forerunners of the team then..

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  • 124. At 6:25pm on 03 Dec 2008, rooneys right boot wrote:

    good read robbo. no excuses for ron at the wkend, just a mad moment! fergie would draw less critisisum if he just came out and said that! as a united fan tho iam glad we have the best player in the world in our team. he has his faults ie no loyalty or spine but as a footballer he is one of the best iv ever seen .

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  • 125. At 6:47pm on 03 Dec 2008, rolybak wrote:

    It's obvious to see that he has gone up too soon and is too high for the ball, for him to say he was protecting his face is fair enough, but, why did he, at the time, insist he had heard a whistle?

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  • 126. At 6:48pm on 03 Dec 2008, gstonesunited wrote:

    Great blog again, it was just a moment of madness I think, bit like Scholes in the super cup, the excuses were just silly though.

    post 9 though, seriously?!

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  • 127. At 6:51pm on 03 Dec 2008, rooneys right boot wrote:

    post 9????????????????????????? u mad or what

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  • 128. At 6:58pm on 03 Dec 2008, timmymac23 wrote:

    Congratulations on a another moronic barrage of sexist drivel.

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  • 129. At 6:59pm on 03 Dec 2008, DenistheGenius wrote:

    another quality laugh, Robbhino!

    ...not sure i buy that you rate him the best in Premiership history, though. a bit of overcompensating, perhaps? considering how much you enjoy slagging him off, and with good reason usually... i'd go for Bergkamp, but then look at my blogname!

    MAYBE the pretty boy deserved it on numbers alone, but can anyone make a decent argument that he's a better player than young Messi? i'm not seeing it - Messi is a level above from what i've seen, and should've just edged im out in the vote.

    Fergie is a complete joke - he wouldn't know honesty if it sat on his face!

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  • 130. At 7:00pm on 03 Dec 2008, timmymac23 wrote:

    Congratulations on another moronic barrage of sexist drivel.

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  • 131. At 7:05pm on 03 Dec 2008, GeoffPike wrote:

    Robbo I loved your blog. This is the kind of humour I've always enjoyed as a football fan - a bit wry and tongue in cheek about your own team, while seeking to puncture the pomposity of the rich and powerful.

    I really don't care why Ronaldo handled the ball. The incident was just a heaven sent opportunity to take the mickey out of a big club and a ridiculously talented player. It's really a waste of time trying to painstakingly defend him. Most of us don't care.

    It's a shame that Manchester Utd fans who possess this great player and who enjoy so much success have to take it all so seriously. Ronaldo may be the greatest player in Europe but that doesn't mean he should be immune from ridicule.

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  • 132. At 7:11pm on 03 Dec 2008, Eewires wrote:

    I imagine that Ronaldo is probably ok if you got to know him, the problem is that the personality that he projects is of a spoilt child who is prepared to do anything (lie, cheat etc.) to get what he wants.

    The fact that he is also a magnificent footballer probably makes his personality seem even worse. I have heard many Man U fans (I live in Surrey so am surrounded by them) complain that they wish he would just play football and stop the play acting and pouting, so if that comes from fans...

    What this means is that he is either worshipped or detested, with not much space for anything in between.

    You can contrast this, if you are as old as me you can anyway, with the attitude to a former Man U European footballer of the year called Best. It didn't matter what team you supported you still loved George, for his skill with the ball, his determination to play for the team, and his polite charm when off the field.

    Many have commented on CRs ability to fall down at will, and correctly also pointed out that Gerrard (another universally admired) and others are no better.

    A comment often made by players is 'I felt a touch so I went down'. To me that is an admission that you dived. You should only go down if you are knocked down. Football is a contact sport and being touched is not a foul unless it stops you from being able to continue the passage of play. Any player falling down when they didn't need to has dived, regardless of whether they 'felt a touch'. For goodness sake, people will be handling the ball and claiming to have done it because they heard a whistle next! Oh...

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  • 133. At 7:15pm on 03 Dec 2008, khareghani wrote:

    hey Robbo been reading you for years and maybe I dont always agree with everything you say, but it must said you do say things that need saying(most of the time :D ). good article

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  • 134. At 7:27pm on 03 Dec 2008, plunger11 wrote:

    He's a gazelle, right? So he can really jump, right? So he was still on his way up, right?So now what do you think he was protecting?

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  • 135. At 7:31pm on 03 Dec 2008, Name on the trophy wrote:

    Good article, but several of the comments on Ronaldo were somewhat petty and unnecessary.

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  • 136. At 7:33pm on 03 Dec 2008, U13691428 wrote:

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  • 137. At 7:44pm on 03 Dec 2008, James_10 wrote:

    Robbo great article
    for all the people who said ronaldo aint the best , well he is that's y he won the award of messi, and for the person who said messi outshone ronaldo in europe, well that's clearly wrong because i didn't see messi in the champions league final , btw they got knocked out in the semi's , messi wasn't even good enough 2 guide his side in the top 2 of la liga , wake up and smell the coffee ronaldo is the best in the world by a mile. so for all u people who hate him as a person, stop going on about it , because he's there 2 be rate as football player and not a person

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  • 138. At 7:44pm on 03 Dec 2008, madeiraman57 wrote:

    I agree with #44 and most who can see Ronaldo has grown up and 'does not' dive, he still goes down when contacted, like most others with his speed and control.
    He must have heard something , or mistimed as he is probably as good a header of the ball as there is in the PL . Receiving a second yellow, he's off no complaints there.
    I for one see him as a very good young professional and anyone who hates him ( many posters ) would have him in their team in a flash!!
    He is a lad of 23 and is probably more mature than others at his age, (as a player and human being ) but is still learning his craft.
    Stand by for when he really is at the top of his game.

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  • 139. At 7:48pm on 03 Dec 2008, James_10 wrote:

    btw everyone who's goin on about messi being better than ronaldo , messi didn't even get named best player in spain last season, so tbh there is no argument to him being better than ronaldo in the first place, watever your opinions are of ronaldo , he is the #1 . tha y he won fif pro and now the ballon d'or.

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  • 140. At 7:52pm on 03 Dec 2008, the swashbuckler wrote:

    I think Ronaldo deserved to be sent off for his mocking of the referee after his first yellow and I figure that Webb was looking for an excuse to send him off after that. I honestly think he thought play had stopped when he handled to ball. What advantage was he gaining from handling it? He was right over top of it, in a pefect postion to head it in and probably would have 9 times out of 10.

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  • 141. At 7:56pm on 03 Dec 2008, DenistheGenius wrote:

    ...oh, i'm sorry James10 - i forgot that in order to be considered "the best", your team has to win every competition. for example, everyone knows Cruyff was crap because Holland never lifted the World Cup!

    again, i'll listen to any SOLID arguments as to how Christiano is a better footballer than Messi, or even Kaka. the gelled one is amazing, i won't debate that - but i will debate that it's rather lame to go by the exact same name as another football legend, and what's worse - a contemporaneous one.

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  • 142. At 7:56pm on 03 Dec 2008, Kevin wrote:

    I thought Ballon D'Or meant footballer of the Year?
    Real Madrid must be kicking themselves now - they knew Cristiano Ronaldo was going to be European Player of the Year, and it would have said 'Real Madrid' next to his name on the roll of honour had it not been for that pesky Sir Alex Ferguson.
    They tried the same thing - but succeeded - halfway through previous seasons with Figo, Ronaldo and Cannavaro.
    They haven't produced their own winner since 1959... I suppose Manchester City will have the next ten Ballon D'Or winners using the same cunning plan.

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  • 143. At 8:38pm on 03 Dec 2008, The Trawler wrote:

    wow

    a blog entirely full of froth from the deluded and bitter intelligentsia that follow the beautiful game

    well fair enough some of you follow the likes of Middlesborough and are force fed the managerial wit from the unbelievably human Mr Southgate - is he really human? and left to sit next to empty plastic seats watching the equally gorgeous Pogatetz and Weater

    no wonder you're obsessed with following Manchester United in the media!

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  • 144. At 8:56pm on 03 Dec 2008, GeordieRocka wrote:

    The excuses are ridiculous, protecting his face - forgive me if I am wrong, but everytime you go to head the ball isn't it heading in the vacinity of your face?! And it certainly wasn't a reaction like that of when the ball boy threw the ball at him, he watched that ball all the way.

    Should he have been sent off. Yes, sarcastic clap to Webb, second bookable and should have been off. Would like to have heard Fergie's excuses then...

    Ronaldo best player in the world, not so sure. Undoubtedly exceptionally talented (pace, vision, skill, heading etc), horrible attitude, but last season was playing in a team at the top of their game - EPL & CL champions. If he had been playing for Arsenal, or indeed Barcelona, would he have got so many goals or have been deemed to be so outstanding, or had the opportunity. Difficult to call. Very easy to look good in a team that is playing well, not so in a team that are struggling.

    Messi, better close control and he doesn't have the arrogance. Not sure he has all the attributes of Ronaldo. It's close.

    And I am sick of Fergie asking for protection for him, if he is going to be cocky (step overs etc) he is going to get kicked. Fact. A 'tough' challenge is the skill of some defenders game...

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  • 145. At 9:15pm on 03 Dec 2008, Colin wrote:

    Re 143

    If your going to have a crack at Boro fans, then please have the decency to spell the
    name of the town correctly,as well as the players names your having a go at.
    Ask your Geography and English Teachers tomorrow. Illiterate Gob sh**te !

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  • 146. At 9:19pm on 03 Dec 2008, panchopuskas wrote:

    Nº 3

    "Ranting never helped anyone Robbo."

    ______________________


    Oh yes it does. Everybody (maybe excluding yourself) feels a lot better after a decent rant. Blows the cobwebs away and gets the week off to a good start.

    So, if there's one thing I can't stand it's.......

    And don't even get me started on............

    Mmmm. Feeling better already.

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  • 147. At 9:28pm on 03 Dec 2008, Liverplate wrote:

    Does Ronaldo think he's now become so good he can do a Maradona and try and pull off a sly hand ball in the box .....if so a lot of room needed for improvement!

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  • 148. At 9:36pm on 03 Dec 2008, fairground wrote:

    number 60

    just because he has been awarded more free kicks than any other player doesnt mean he has been fouled more times,it just means he is better at conning the refs

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  • 149. At 9:46pm on 03 Dec 2008, The Trawler wrote:

    145

    it's you're, not your

    hope this helps

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  • 150. At 10:03pm on 03 Dec 2008, Flobbiegrunt wrote:

    OK Smarta**e Robbo, just tell us what handballs actually qualify for a yellow. Deliberate - can't be because it has to be deliberate to be hands anyway. Denying a goal scoring opportunity - of course, someone was going to steal it from his head, run the length of the pitch and score at the other end NOT; trying to gain an unfair advantage - well not even that. Can you clarify please?

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  • 151. At 10:10pm on 03 Dec 2008, jakobe_2008 wrote:

    Is it me or is everyone making a big fuss over this handball error. Jeeesse, the guy makes one small error and everyones turning it into a big issue. He's a world class player and his record shows he is. end of.

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  • 152. At 10:18pm on 03 Dec 2008, laumarvinho wrote:

    Good Blog. Ronaldo will pay the price for his mistake as he misses 3 games with an automatic 3 match ban.

    Scolari will probably pay the FA, 2 pence for his little rant.

    Barrow will get about 40 pence from Boro's gate receipts but about £100k from TV money.

    Don't we just love the world of Football, all this also in the week, Arsenal least favourite to win the title just got back on track and the current leaders Liverpool, being disappointed at topping the table for what seems to be like an eternity.

    Arsenal for the, quadruple, not treble, no double, oh the the ladies double will do.....

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  • 153. At 10:31pm on 03 Dec 2008, fishiz wrote:

    the truth is.. it was a wistle if you watch match of the day you can hear a faint wistle soming form the crowd or ref so hez in teh rigth n that ref is in the wrong.
    I would have banned the ref instead for ever. Lol

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  • 154. At 10:45pm on 03 Dec 2008, The_Toonster wrote:

    "Fergie may have fought tooth and nail to keep Senor S-S-Studio Line at OT, but the post-match defence of the gelled tumbler bordered on the laughable."

    Have you missed the past 100 times he's defended Ronaldo's various different cheats? It always sounds like that.... I've become desensitised to it now. I just expect that nonsense to come from Fergie while we're hearing the lads on 5 live yelling "How the hell is that not a yellow card for *insert whatever he did here*?"

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  • 155. At 10:54pm on 03 Dec 2008, lance_liver wrote:

    I find the defenders of CR on here amusing, with their "if you listen on the replay...you can hear the whistle"!!!

    they're in a football ground, you can hear hundreds of whistles, cheers, shouting and abuse...there was no other strange whistel noise that nonsense! And perhaps those people so wishing to defend him can explain why it is that you would try and catch it instead of heading it into the net?!...or perhaps why it is we don't see other players catching balls when the whistle goes too!?

    the most disgraceful thing about the game, and it's now prestigous award winner, was the pathetic and disrespectful gesture that he did to the Ref, he should have been sent off there and then, we have seen red cards being given for every incident of that since it was brought to the fore last season, why was he treated differently??! he fouled a player, was carded and blatantly clapped his hands while waving the ref away....i'm sorry, but the rules have been clear he should've been sent off immediately. And what's worse is that Ferguson (with all his bellowing about matters after games) doesn't even have the decency to come out and say that it was wrong, dispicable and he will speak to the player about the incident and it wont happen again!

    Lets not deny though he is a great player, but he is not the greatest player the Prem has ever seen, he's been here 5/6 years now....and it's only last season that we've begun to start to see him really play...slow starter for 4 years?? not the best player ever i'm afraid!

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  • 156. At 11:04pm on 03 Dec 2008, margaritared wrote:

    Great blog..Well done. Keep up the good work.!!!
    As a chef I found your parmo bit interesting. I sometimes do that with chicken here in Isla Margarita,so it´s interesting to see the Middlesboro connection. Best wishes Alan

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  • 157. At 11:08pm on 03 Dec 2008, dodiesmith wrote:

    Robbo: Ferguson, to me, will always be remembered as a thug.... throwing the hairdryer at Beckham....another great player, who has shown amazing grace under pressure for years.

    Just as I remember with horror Zidane's cowardly one act display which wiped out all his career to me.

    Ferguson now, since Ronaldo wanted to move to Real Madrid, has become keeper of the flame for Ronaldo because he knows how much he is needed at ManU.

    Ronaldo deserves his awards, he plays mostly beautiful football but Ferguson should step back and shut up and let the player speak for himself.... it would be more credible. Ronaldo lost it....both hands coming up for the ball was an insult to the game and himself and he knows it. Let him learn from it.

    Robbo, another terrific article. Bless your heart! Your enthusiasm is NOT a rant... keep on keeping on!

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  • 158. At 11:47pm on 03 Dec 2008, DennyCraneWHU wrote:

    I don’t mean to get picky, Robbo – well, overpicky – but Seaton Carew is Hartlepool United’s and not your lot’s.

    Still, I suppose you had to get “and watch canoeists disappear before your very eyes” in somehow. Very Askey-ish, that.

    (For those born after 1860, Arthur Askey was a short, very popular film and TV comedian, one of whose favourite lines was – you’ve guessed it – before your very eyes.)

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  • 159. At 11:51pm on 03 Dec 2008, DennyCraneWHU wrote:

    ROBBO, SORT OUT THE QUESTION MARK THING WILL YA!!!

    You cant do punctuation on here without the QUESTION MARK gremlin gobbling them up!!!

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  • 160. At 11:53pm on 03 Dec 2008, DennyCraneWHU wrote:

    Or maybe it's my crp version of MS Word.

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  • 161. At 11:54pm on 03 Dec 2008, DennyCraneWHU wrote:

    It's all right, Robbo. You can get back to the Bluebell, I've solved the problem.

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  • 162. At 11:55pm on 03 Dec 2008, tarquin wrote:

    Don't know why Fergie feels he has to defend Ronaldo (well I do, he's a c*ck) but seriously - he made a silly error and duly got booked and had to miss a carling cup tie...whoop de doo, they got a free ride with that one

    i'm sure it was innocent, but rules is rules - what are you going to do - retake the corner? then it could be construed as trying to gain an advantage, or you could award a free kick without a card - fun times

    but I expected an appeal (even though you can't appeal them), so that's something to be grateful for

    as for his free kicks - I hate the way his fans go on about them - his strike rate is rubbish! yeah they look great when they go in, but 9 times out of 10 they go straight into the wall - I'd rather have jimmy bullard, imagine how many goals united would get if he could score as many as some of the 'real' free kick takers out there

    I also think the carling cup should be exempt from bans picked up in the prem - the competition has no respect from the big clubs and it punishes them in no way, he should miss a real game, not one he wouldn't have played in anyway (obviously you couldn't pre-judge that, so just remove the worthless cup from the list)

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  • 163. At 09:20am on 04 Dec 2008, Hibs-Beer-CoD-Girlfriend in that order wrote:

    Robbo i mean come on it's embarrassing how poor your comedy skills are, if you were that funny you'd be starring in have i got news for you or some other BBC quizshow rather than writing a blog not too many people read or are impressed with.

    Ronaldo claims he heard a whistle, how often do footballers stop when they here the whistle in goal scoring positions? if he had really heard a whistle he would of still attempted to knock it in and if the whistle went then it would of gone again anyway.

    If Fergie watched the post match interview again then he was probably watching with embarrassment.

    Basically Ronaldo lost his mind and focus for a second and forgot where he was and what he was doing and as a reaction he tried to stop the ball hitting him with his hands.

    If Ronaldo wasn't so up himself and was more like a character like Jimmy Bullard he could of came and out and admitted it just being a stupid mistake and had a big laugh about it.

    As for him being a diver, yes at times he goes down easy, but he is unbelievably strong and quick andmore often than not Linekar and Hanson are talking about a piece of sublime skill that he has produced to score or assist a goal. Has anyone ever noticed Steven Gerrard is prone to going down easily, doesn't dive but doesn't take much for him to go down at times but probably because he isn't a foreigner and a "hardened English player" he wouldn't do that and no one would take notice.

    But whether you like Ronaldo or not you cannot deny he is an exceptional talent and even if at times he's invisible in a game he is still the most likely suspect to score the winning goal and win the game which in the end is the idea of football and i congratulate him on his award because apart from Torres there was no other contender for it.

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  • 164. At 09:31am on 04 Dec 2008, Samwell2804 wrote:

    Great Blog Again Robbo

    Had me in stiches again, some more quality analogies again?!

    Keep up the good work, more humour is needed to get me thru the working day?!

    from a neutrals point of view(i support a very lower league club)

    On the Ronaldo Front, i know there is a lot of Ronaldo Bashers and Ronaldo Haters out there & rightyly or wrongly so, it doesnt matter, the guy has won the Ballon D'Or on sheer merit, at the end of the day people he scored 42goals(does it really matter who they were against) won 2 trophies, arguably the most important 2, while people who hate him say it should of been Messi, i dont remember Barca winning a trophy last season and even tho his performance may of outshone Ronaldo in the meeting between the 2clubs in the champs league, it was Ronaldo who walked away the victor into the Final and on to lift the trophy?! Football is a results game at the end of the Day and who ever wins the trophies inevitably wins the Award.
    there have been plenty of occasions before and there will be plenty of occasions to come, where the winner of the trophy was not necessarily the best player at the time, think about it, surely Henry deserved to win it at some stage when he was at the top of his game and untouchable, but he didnt because he didnt win the major trophy, the CL?!
    but Ronaldo, from a neutral point of view, is a joy to watch at full flow when hes playing with a smile on his face, as are the other top players, Messi, Kaka, Aguero, Robinho, Ronaldinho etc.

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  • 165. At 09:55am on 04 Dec 2008, Sir Blogalot wrote:

    I'm not a regular reader of this blog, and when I have read it I haven't found it that funny, but this one did have me in stitches a few times!

    On the Cronaldo debate, without doubt he is a very talented footballer and you only have to watch footage of him from 3 or 4 years ago to see how he has progressed and matured in just about every way. The only way he hasn't progressed it seems is his actual maturity - he is petulant, shows little respect to referees, appeals for a free kick if an opposing player comes within a yard of him, is arrogant enought to be an American boxer, and of course, his favourite party piece, he throws himself to the floor theatrically so often and rolls around like he has been shot with a bazooka in an effort to con the ref into thinking he has been fouled and is injured. Perfect example of the ridiculous little twerp doing that is the perfectly fair but strong tackle Phil Neville of Everton made on him a few weeks ago. I will gladly recognise his footballing talents, but please don't expect me to respect him or think of him as a mature adult. Most footballers don't merit that description probably, but Cronaldo is the worst in my view. He isn't even man enough or humble enough to just admit he messed up - he has to make up some ridiculous fairy tale about hearing a whistle! Get a life boy! He makes himself an easy target for criticism through his diving, and although Man U fans love to believe he gets criticism purely for playing for Man U, that really is not the case - I am equally ready to criticise Yakubu, Gerrard and the many other divers out there. I am most critical of his character though. He needs to grow up.

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  • 166. At 10:07am on 04 Dec 2008, SuperStrikerShivam wrote:

    Cristiano Ronaldo.

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  • 167. At 10:08am on 04 Dec 2008, thefartedone wrote:

    i used to enjoyr ur article and its funny side but not this time robbo! it does not give the same impacts as ur previous one's.. better luck next time Bro!
    and yeah i Love to see chelsea getting beated at home ! congrats to scolari for making them beatbale !!

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  • 168. At 10:21am on 04 Dec 2008, hairingtons wrote:

    "well fair enough some of you follow the likes of Middlesborough" (rotterdam 143)

    That's right ignoramus, some of us actually follow the club that represents the place we are from.

    Grow up, get a life, stop substituing the void in your pathetic existence with the success of a football team. Support a team for a reason. Not glory.

    We'll keep our plastic seats, you keep your plastic fans.

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  • 169. At 10:38am on 04 Dec 2008, Nick wrote:

    Blimey some of the comments verge on the ridiculous never mind downright factually incorrect.

    Ronaldo will serve a one match ban as he received 2 yellows not a straight red.

    Deliberate Handball is not a mandatory yellow, the ref is allowed to use his discretion.

    Did United gain advantage from Ronaldos actions? No. Did it disadavantage City? No

    But rather bizarrely the ref gave a corner after booking Ronny when it should have been a City free kick!

    Finally lets stop looking at players like Bergkamp etc through misty glasses.
    Yes he was a very talented player but he was also up there with the best of them for petulance and exactly how many "big" games did he influence for Arsenal?

    Ronaldo has scored in 3 cup finals, was undoubtably the best young player at the 2006 World Cup, he was outstanding for Portugal at Euro 2004 and in 2007 and 2008 won games single handedly for United to keep them in the title race.

    You United haters cant have it both ways. When Ronaldo is injured/suspended we're told United will struggle, then when he's bacj we're told he never performs in the "big" matches!

    By the way does he go down that easily any more? I dont think so, bear in mind when he goes past a defender it is usually at pace so any fall will be exaggerated and how many times does he now ride tackles?

    He goes down no more easily than Gerrard who is supposed to be a midfield general not a fancy dan winger!

    As for those critisising his charachter or him as a person , Why? How many of you actually know him or have spent time in his company? Why does he need to grow up?

    Jealousy plain and simple, thats all it is.

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  • 170. At 10:47am on 04 Dec 2008, tarquin wrote:

    164 SamWell2804

    I agree based on typical criteria Ronaldo was the inevitable choice for the golden ball, he is the best individual player on united's teamsheet - he has great skill with the ball

    But let's be honest, he would be nothing without such a strong team - what I particularly dislike is that the players with the silkiest skills are given the most respect, fact is without Vidic and Ferdinand, United would struggle, likewise without their highly skilled midfield, like Rooney, Giggs and co they wouldn't be so dominant

    I'm not disagreeing that he is very talented, he is - but merely that if you dropped him into Bolton or West Ham tomorrow he probably wouldn't lead them to league and european victory (assuming they qualified) - and I get a little fed up with all the accolades missing the solid bases of teams - but that is the fundamental problem with awarding a 'footballer of the year' in what is a team game

    I would however question your logic behind it - 42 goals is very high - but van Nistelrooy never got the award for his 44, and Ronaldo was not playing as a midfielder as many like to claim - he is often regarded as a forward in several categories and received some excellent service for those goals, and last year only got 7 assists - compared to about 17 for the 07 season, clearly he was playing up in front of goal a bit more - he's a great striker, and I certainly don't take that away from him, but that's his main function and I've always felt he gets all the glory for being the spearhead for what is a team effort

    Also when Gerrard pretty much dragged Liverpool to CL victory the award went to Ronaldhino

    and as sirblogalot points out - he is still incredibly immature and doesn't have a good attitude, and yet is rewarded for it - look at last week, he thinks he's above the law - I agree Henry should have been given such an award in his time (NOT an arsenal fan), and he had much more maturity (although he was known for his arrogance, but he was french) - it just further highlights the flaws in awarding such a prize

    But this award is almost always about recognising who can dribble the best and score the most - and so is mostly going to be between torres, messi and him in the near future - on that grounds he shouldve won it, but I take it with a pinch of salt

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  • 171. At 10:55am on 04 Dec 2008, Kevin wrote:

    Instead of constantly knocking players for tiny little indiscretions (he handled the ball in a moment of madness - so WHAT? He didn't insult Manuel on a radio show, dance badly on a TV show or poke someone's eye out!) we should be thankful that the Premier League has so many fantastic players at this moment in time:
    Ronaldo, Tevez, Nani, Park, Giggs, Scholes, Berbatov, Rooney, Anderson, Fletcher, Ferdinand, Evra, Vidic and - oh yes, the likes of Gerrard, Lampard and Robinho as well.
    Best league in the word by a mile!
    C H A M P I O N S !

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  • 172. At 10:56am on 04 Dec 2008, Born_Again wrote:

    And enough of this horn sounding nonsense. Happens all the time. It's not a cue for you to magic yourself into the opposition 'keeper.


    Only if the keeper is Gomes judging by the "catch"

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  • 173. At 11:08am on 04 Dec 2008, Hotchkii wrote:

    What a brilliant article. I am a United fan.....a real one, yes from Manchester! Ronaldo fully warranted his award and fully warrants a shed load of abuse for clearly protecting his face knowing the award was coming the day after! Can you imagine Bobby Charlton doing that the day before his??..... me either!

    I know Fergie has to support him but I'm a wee bit tired of the lad being able to do no wrong. He should have stuck his head on the ball and killed the game off, he should be told.....show him Steve Bruce, look at that nose, now thats commitment!

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  • 174. At 11:12am on 04 Dec 2008, chexpat wrote:

    A complete aside this but I remember watching the 1966 world cup final (on black & white telly) and, just before the end of the game there was a whistle - presumably from someone in the crowd. A lot of players stopped at that point ("some of the players are sitting down on the pitch - they think it's all over") but Geoff Hurst obviously didn't as he ran on and walloped England's fourth goal in ("it is now").

    There was definitely a whistle, yer honour ...

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  • 175. At 11:23am on 04 Dec 2008, Lesolivesfriend wrote:

    Well, Robbo is completely biased, so this blog is what it is . . .

    What no one has said is that C.R.'s first booking was ridiculous - a very inocuous tackle at best (or worst), but Utd are well-used to insane decisions.

    Big Phil was right to get into a flap over Arsenal's equaliser. Swings and roundabouts, mind you - look at Chelsea vs Man Utd last April, the only person there to see a penalty was the linesman, NO ONE else! OOPS, another insane decision against Man U? But you're right, let's not go there.

    No worries, makes winning so much sweeter!

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  • 176. At 11:27am on 04 Dec 2008, TaconazoRedondo wrote:

    Bottom line: Ronaldo IS a plank. No point all you s-s-s-sensitive Man U fans getting all protective over the Brylcreemed Boy Wonder - he had a mare against City, falling into an increasingly common trap of being so self-absorbed he loses sight of the game itself.

    He is a great player - 2-footed, 6ft-odds, great with the ball at his feet, great in the air etc. But can he ever be a Zico? A Platini? What sets some of these legends apart is their footballing BRAIN... the vision, ability to see the through ball, to dictate the game etc.

    That's why I prefer the likes of Messi. Every one of the top 5 players in the Ballon d'Or list had won something that season to merit inclusion, with the exception of Messi. He was there simply because of his ability.

    Small, some say he's one footed, retiring... but I bet Alex Ferguson would swap Ronaldo for him in a heartbeat.

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  • 177. At 11:37am on 04 Dec 2008, laskeyst wrote:

    One last word on the Arsenal offside goal: yes, RVP should have been flagged, and no one wants games decided by bad decisions. But let it not be forgotten that the same player had a perfectly good goal ruled out against Chelsea in December 2005, one which would have given Arsenal the lead. Let it neither be forgotten that Chelsea's equalisers against Arsenal in the Carling Cup final of 2007 and the crucial league game at Stamford Bridge in March earlier this year should both have been disallowed for offside too. Mr Scolari has no reason to recall these incidents, but surely Messrs Lampard & Terry could have whispered something in their coach's ear about swings and roundabouts.

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  • 178. At 11:46am on 04 Dec 2008, alijay034 wrote:

    Robbo you pitiful excuse of a blogger, try listening to the corner sequence again and when the horn blows underneath that sound is a whistle, oh before anyone starts saying I am a Manc fan, wrong, I have supoprted the Gooners for more years than I care to remember, but there is a whistle underneath the sound of the horn.

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  • 179. At 11:54am on 04 Dec 2008, CultofHandsome wrote:

    I have to say my opinion of this blog has plummeted and I've lost almost all of the respect I had by default.

    What made you get up in the morning and think 'I know what, I'll insult Ronaldo for the majority of my blog about pointless insignificant character traits'? I see little value in the whole thing and it's just a little tasteless; I could do the same by criticising you but guess what? I don't feel the compulsion to sink that low - again I reiterate what makes someone feel the need to insult another human being persistently for no reason?

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  • 180. At 12:22pm on 04 Dec 2008, Sir Blogalot wrote:

    Post 179 - my goodness, which self-righteous rock did you just come from under? People in the public eye (like Cronaldo) have their character and behaviour examined as a matter of routine, and when they are found wanting, the British public and press rarely fail to say exactly what they think. And ironically, while you say you won't criticise Robbo for criticising another human being, you then say it is because you won't sink so low...which is a rather obvious criticism of Robbo....so you did sink that low really!

    Another thing that has amused me is the number of Man U supporters who so readily attribute criticisms of their manager or players as jealousy or from "Man U haters". Sorry, yes, how silly of me, SAF is a god, infallible. Cronaldo is a wonderful guy, not at all immature, not petulant, not someone who routinely feigns injury or uses as many theatrics as a pantomime dame. How dare anyone think otherwise or voice such an opinion!

    He is a very very good footballer, but he acts like a prat. That's my opinion and I have a right to express it I am glad to say.

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  • 181. At 12:24pm on 04 Dec 2008, Samwell2804 wrote:

    #170 - tarquin

    I totally agree as I pointed out in the middle of my blog,

    "there have been plenty of occasions before and there will be plenty of occasions to come, where the winner of the trophy was not necessarily the best player at the time, think about it, surely Henry deserved to win it at some stage when he was at the top of his game and untouchable, "

    I also believe that Gerrard should of undoubtedly have won the award on the basis of virtually singlehandedly dragging Liverpool to champs league victory as should of van Nistelrooy got a bigger chance for the award for his 44 goals, he was almost unstoppable infront of goal at that time.
    But I am like you, im a massive advocate of the team players, like u mentioned the likes of Ferdinand, Giggs, Rooney, Vidic etc. cause as u say without these players the flair boys wouldnt be able to strut their stuff.

    Afterall who is probably one of the most unsung heros in football whos work went un-noticed for years........ Makelele?! He was let go by Real cause they didnt realise his worth to the team & the job he did, then how long did they search for a replacemnt to no avail, they went on the downwardspiral after that and startd to losse games because they did not have his workrate, industry and protection of the back four and breaking up opposition attacks?!
    surely a player like that deserves praise of awards.
    at the end of the day he went to chelsea and did the same thing.....thus.......inventing the "Makelele Role"

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  • 182. At 12:34pm on 04 Dec 2008, tarquin wrote:

    175 lesolivesfriend

    What no one has said is that C.R.'s first booking was ridiculous

    ---

    probably because it wasn't

    While we're doing 'what no-one has said's: I also can't believe Lawro (not 100% sure it was him, but it was MOTD) thought he had never been sent off - he was sent off at city 2 years ago! and against portmouth for a headbutt last year

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  • 183. At 12:46pm on 04 Dec 2008, The Trawler wrote:

    168 hairingtons


    ooh get you big boy


    you appear to be making rather a lot of assumptions about me considering you haven't got a clue who i am or where i'm from

    and don't worry about your empty seats, i'm sure they'll all be full of people booing Ronaldo when United come back to town

    and you can spend 90 minutes singing "shall we sing a song for you" at OT at Xmas, too

    i'm looking forward to it already :yawn:

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  • 184. At 12:52pm on 04 Dec 2008, CultofHandsome wrote:

    180 - You have right to say that Ronaldo is a prat because lets face it he is, I just find it self-degrading when someone continuously calls him a prat and makes loose statements throughout to attack the character of the person. It's pointless, why spend your time doing it. I'm just, as always, a bit shocked someone doesn't have something better to do with their time.

    And yes, my one comment was vaguely insulting but it wasn't a persistent attempt to demean someone else or to make hints throughout to someone's lack of character/personality/honesty. There's a clear difference.

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  • 185. At 1:02pm on 04 Dec 2008, gringo Loco wrote:

    One of the best ever

    It's a contradiction in bleeding terms, isn't it? Like US intelligence and mature student.

    I laughed so much, I nearly wet myself.

    Ronaldo is a plank. Last week he had bionic earing next time, when he plays on after the whistle, he'll be stone deaf. There was no other recourse for the ref but a 2nd yellow. He should have had a 2nd yellow for the sarcastic applause of the ref. Doesn't the respect thing apply to footballers?

    But how can you respect a referee when at least one of them can't count to 2?

    If he was nudged, how come, like his total history shows, he didn't end up on the deck claiming a penalty.

    His mental block was because he was dreaming of Real Madrid, and that is why he is just ordinary, this season. Last season he was best in the world.

    Use his head? Deeer my brain hurts. There hasn't been an educated footballer since Steve Hyway.

    There's no doubt Ronaldo is an extremely gifted fottballer, but a gelled tumbler, he definitely is.

    No 35 It was Ricardo Carvalho who got his dangly bits stamped on by Rooney. Had it been the gelled tumbler, he would have been stretchered off to hospital.

    Yes, Fergy supported Ropnaldo in public, but I bet he got the hairdryer in private.

    65 Are you Robbo in drag
    I mean, what kind of all-loving deity would give that much talent to such a git?

    Can you see Ronnie Harris, Norman Hunter or Jackie Charlton in pink boots. Jackie was actually scared of Nobby, so he said at a gala do in Sheffield.

    132 nice
    You can contrast this, if you are as old as me you can anyway, with the attitude to a former Man U European footballer of the year called Best. It didn't matter what team you supported you still loved George, for his skill with the ball, his determination to play for the team, and his polite charm when off the field.

    Don't forget his Miss Worlds.

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  • 186. At 1:24pm on 04 Dec 2008, filao dot org wrote:

    The best Prem player I've seen ever (and I got into footy when the prem started) has to be Schemichel.

    Great blog as always.

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  • 187. At 1:25pm on 04 Dec 2008, gringo Loco wrote:

    169 Was he at Euro 2008?? If he was, I don't remeber him being outstanding.

    How many tackles does he ride? ZERO

    You're just a one eyed United fan.

    176 Every one of the top 5 players in the Ballon d'Or list had won something that season to merit inclusion, with the exception of Messi.

    Doesn't an Olympic GOLD count for anything????

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  • 188. At 1:27pm on 04 Dec 2008, gringo Loco wrote:

    How did my last blog 187 go straight in??

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  • 189. At 1:29pm on 04 Dec 2008, The Trawler wrote:

    i love this idea that Ronaldo goes to ground every time a defender touches him

    it makes me laugh out loud in fact

    i've never heard such utter nonsense

    Ronaldo gets fouled near enough every time he gets a challenge

    if he couldn't ride fouls he would never score so many goals

    i have no idea why so many non-United fans are so interested in the reaction to or reasons for his red card at Citeh

    why on earth would you even vaguely care?

    now if it had been a two-footed jump tackle as performed by Terry at the weekend, then i could maybe understand a bit of a debate.

    although funnily enough he didn't get sent off, did he

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  • 190. At 2:01pm on 04 Dec 2008, King-Dion wrote:

    Another hugely entertaining blog. Ronaldo's just as big a prima-donna as Bergkamp. Clever players - yes. But Big Girls Blouses when it comes to a smidgeon of contact.

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  • 191. At 2:02pm on 04 Dec 2008, TaconazoRedondo wrote:

    cactus99 - 187

    You reckon an Olympic Gold is as prestigious as the Champion's League or European Championships for a footballer?

    Then ask me if it 'counts'...

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  • 192. At 2:24pm on 04 Dec 2008, amilAO wrote:

    Spot on about Scolari and the offside - he didn't whinge/moan/do a Wenger, he just stated the obvious, it was clearly offside and he'd like an apology. He'll have that dignity with him unlike SAF and AW and of course the delectable José

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  • 193. At 2:28pm on 04 Dec 2008, jono1983 wrote:

    "up came the hands in a way Heurelho Gomes can only dream of. "

    ha ha ha ha ha ha, quality!

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  • 194. At 2:55pm on 04 Dec 2008, Mac wrote:

    so, to summarise...

    It shouldn't have been a yellow card as he clearly wasn't trying to score was he?

    Was he pushed? dunno, I haven't got the video here to look at, but if he was pushed, putting your hands out in front is a natural reaction... although if that still applies once your in the air I'm not sure... I think we need a 'Pheonix from the flames' type recreation to sort this out!... Frank?
    Robbo can be Ronnie, oh that's no good, he's a good looking lad!

    Good work mate, always a joy to read...

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  • 195. At 3:05pm on 04 Dec 2008, Keano's Magic Hat wrote:

    There was no need for Fergie's excuses, I wish he had just said, "the boy made a mistake, an error in judgement"...

    That's all it was, and everyone could have moved on. Instead, Fergie makes up some nonsensical excuses and the Ronaldo-haters club get their knickers in a twist.

    As a United fan, we can't complain. He cost us some £12m? He was magnificent last season, is our top scorer this season (despite missing the first 2 months or so) and if anything, it just proves that he is infact human and not some highly advanced footballing cyborg.

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  • 196. At 3:21pm on 04 Dec 2008, CarrowSparrow wrote:

    A very good blog indeed.

    Personally I can't stand Ronaldo, although I can't deny his quality on the pitch.

    If he just sorted out his diving, his sportsmanship and his attitude then he would be more respected.

    I find his arrogance infuriating. He is a very very poor role model. But in footballing terms he does the job for Manchester United. If he was a bad player, nobody would want to even know him.

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  • 197. At 4:33pm on 04 Dec 2008, Armchair Dave wrote:

    @sheeptest (50)

    Thanks for researching The Fonz thing. I was going to watch every episode of Happy Days but you've saved me the trouble.

    Sorry about the rather poor joke!

    As punishment I think Ronaldo should be forced to wear a wig for the next 3 games rather than get banned for a Carling Cup game. And if they get to play Hull City, he can have a wigg-off with the manager.

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  • 198. At 6:09pm on 04 Dec 2008, bnzss wrote:

    89:

    'You don't watch much football do you? You obviously missed last season's CL Final (The biggest club game in the world)

    You might want to check out his goals and assist record against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool too.

    Some people are just sheep......'

    Yeah he got the goal but he was awful in the semi finals and his overall performance in the final wasn't great. ANd he missed that penalty.

    Furthermore to the best of my knowledge he's only scored once against chelsea and never against liverpool... but these stats are a few months old. The majority of his goals are against poor clubs and I was talking about his overall performance.

    I'm not denying he's a good player, but not the best in the world and certainly not the best ever in the EPL

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  • 199. At 6:27pm on 04 Dec 2008, The Trawler wrote:

    198

    the majority of every player's goals are against poor opposition you odd ball

    Ronaldo tore chelsea a new one in ther first half of the European Cup final

    he more than played his part in the semi-final victory over Barcelona as well - a true team effort

    and he scored against every single team that played in the English top league last season apart from City (he scored the goal that won the league against them the previous season)

    he was also the top scorer in England and equalled Shearer's premiership record of 32 goals if memeory serves. on top of that he was the CL top scorer, and the golden boot winner in England and in Europe.

    seems a bit silly to say he isn't the best player in Europe really, doesn't it - ycnmiu!

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  • 200. At 6:29pm on 04 Dec 2008, gooner4eva1982 wrote:

    Minus 1 small ability, the ability to defend Ronaldo is indeed the best footballer on the planet!!!

    As for the sending off, comment 13 i to believe that I heard a whistle and as my wife'll tell you my hearing aint great robbo. I think it was a kneejurk reaction, we've all done it!

    Those of you that support utd unlucky you're without your best player for a few games. Sunderland supporters you're lucky they might only score a few goals.

    comment 26 we know you said "apart from goals" we're just simply pointing out that goals are the single most important part of football. Ronaldo was involved in 42% of Utd's goals last season. without his contrabution utd would have finished with the second worst goal differance (Derby with 11)

    Ronaldo at his best is a joy to watch....

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  • 201. At 09:37am on 05 Dec 2008, kennshady wrote:

    Great blog Robbo but you know what i thought you'll say about that Van Persie's goal? Last season at the same game at Stamford Bridge Didier Drogba scored Chelsea's equalizer after clearly coming from an offside position. The glorious Wenger didn't go to town calling for the ref's apology.

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  • 202. At 11:21am on 05 Dec 2008, ThePaniniBandit wrote:

    Is Seaton Carew, John's brother?

    And when did he join 'Boro?

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  • 203. At 11:29am on 05 Dec 2008, AilaFS wrote:

    For once Robbo, you had me falling off my chair with laughter. At least with the 1st half of your article. Ronaldo has skills and granted he does deserve the award, but his antics over the weekend reminded me of when the girls used to run from the ball in high school or block their faces, scream and run in the other direction:P

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  • 204. At 1:05pm on 05 Dec 2008, divealdo wrote:

    Seem to remember a Boro game a couple of years back, (can't remember who against but maybe Robbo can). The ball was kicked hard into George Boatengs face, from about 6 feet and within the penalty area. He did the instinctive thing and put his hands up to protect himself. His reward was a straight red and a sending off as well as conceding a penalty. We lost the game. It happens, get over it.

    No sympathy here for the Gelled Tumbler!

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  • 205. At 4:35pm on 05 Dec 2008, Wayne wrote:

    the gomes joke was well funny!

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  • 206. At 5:11pm on 05 Dec 2008, dyrewolfe wrote:

    163. At 09:20am on 04 Dec 2008, Peanut1875 wrote:
    "Robbo i mean come on it's embarrassing how poor your comedy skills are, if you were that funny you'd be starring in have i got news for you or some other BBC quizshow rather than writing a blog not too many people read or are impressed with."


    Over 200 replies...plenty of which state their liking for Robbo's blogs? No - no many readers or fans there. Numpty!

    And of course, you're SO much wittier, aren't you?

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  • 207. At 8:17pm on 05 Dec 2008, U13691428 wrote:

    Robbo..................You are a goon

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  • 208. At 8:43pm on 05 Dec 2008, U13691428 wrote:

    I wish you well Robbo but equally i wish you an untimely death

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  • 209. At 9:29pm on 05 Dec 2008, U13691428 wrote:

    that last one has got to be banned. Ah i don't really mean it. You are my hero Robbo

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  • 210. At 9:47pm on 05 Dec 2008, bnzss wrote:

    199... ripped Chelsea a new one? Good in the semi finals? What are you on about? THe man just doesn't turn up for big games

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  • 211. At 10:10pm on 05 Dec 2008, A wet windy night in Stoke wrote:

    C'mon Robbo, isn't it obvious?

    After a Certain Argentines visit to our fair shores recently Ronaldo realised that despite being the best footballer the permiership has ever seen, to achieve true football immortality he has to demonstrate the 'hand of god'.
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    Fun reading this. I must say that Ron's attempt at the 'hand of god' was done very poorly indeed. Ronaldo is a good player but I doubt that he will turn out to be exceptional, that he will lead his country to be world and European champions. He plays for a big club so being the best there makes he look exceptionally good. Compared to Maradona? Not even close. Writers have in the last 20 years compared every promising player to Maradona just because everyone want to see an icon, a genius in their lifetime - to have that privilege.. I am old enough to have seen him play. Maradona is a genetic freak. By design or chance, he was put together to play football. It will take a long, long time before another such freak happens.

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  • 212. At 10:24am on 06 Dec 2008, Joe wrote:

    Robbo - all your blogs are funny but this was the most amusing one to date. Nice balance as you were bruising without being too cutting. Also, thanks for clearing up the 'smogland' comment. The last time I was in your neck of the woods was 25 years ago and it looked ok then.

    Critics - not much point having a go at Robbo. If you don't think he is funny then don't read his blog. The more comments that are posted the more likely the BBC is going to keep on paying him to do this. Your opinion counts as much as anyone else's but calling him a 'goon' is not very eloquent or informative. If you want to take the mickey out of him then try and be as funny as he is when doing so.

    Ronaldo - deserved the award and also deserved to get a yellow card for deliberate handball. Simple. Rant on as much as you want but the judges and and the referee both got it right.

    Comparisons - all pointless. All you can do is compare CR to the footballers who are playing at the same time when it comes to judging him. Also, all those people having a go at CR would certainly be doing a Fergie if he suddenly joined their team! I will always dislike him but I would want him in my team.

    169 Judie Rudie - no idea if you are a lass but without wishing to sound sexist you made more sense than just about everyone else. I don't like CR, Sir AF or the fact that Man. U. are just too self-important but they are all top quality in the football world. Their record speaks them and personal feelings are somewhat irrelevent. I always want the lesser teams to beat them (rarely happens) but I still enjoy watching them play.

    Logic - seems to have gone out of the window based on most of the above posts.

    Cheers, Joe.

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  • 213. At 7:00pm on 07 Dec 2008, I dont want a display name wrote:

    What a moronic assessment of Ronaldo's handball.
    Why would he have put up both hands and deflected the ball away from the goal? What possible advantage could he be hoping for, when it would have been far easier, as he had a clear header, to have scored.
    Quite obviously, for whatever reason, he wrongly thought that the ball was already dead.
    If the ball HAD been dead and he had headed into the goal what would have happened?
    A second yellow card and a sending off.
    I can't understand why you wrote up the incident in the way that you did unless you believe that your readers are morons who can't see the obvious and are trying to appeal to their baser instincts.

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  • 214. At 2:12pm on 08 Dec 2008, clearcheesecake wrote:

    Ronaldo had the best year of anyone in the world thats why he won, there may be equally as good players in teh world but they didn't prove it. Ashley young came close.

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  • 215. At 2:28pm on 08 Dec 2008, roversince1938 wrote:

    Ronaldo, without doubt, was trying to repeat the 'hand of god'. Trouble is, he hasn't the despicable skills of the Argentine superstar. Mind you he has plenty of his own - mostly learned, I think, at a swimming pool.

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