Portugal pair face uncertain futures
by Jonathan Stevenson (U1987325) 19 June 2008
As Portugal tumbled out of Euro 2008 on Thursday, the futures of their main two protagonists slid even more sharply into view.
It is time for some questions to be answered regarding the future of the world’s best footballerAfter five years in charge, Scolari took Portugal as far as he could and the master motivator appears in desperate need of a big challenge.
With the futures of Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Ricardo Carvalho uncertain, that is certainly what he's got when he walks into English football a week on Monday.
As for the other leading character, it is time for some questions to be answered regarding the future of the world’s best footballer - Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro.
Out-of-sorts and agitated, Ronaldo was helpless to prevent his country bowing out of a major tournament for the third time in his young career.
The genius that he displayed in a Manchester United shirt during a remarkably prolific season, both in terms of goals and silverware, was only on show in brief glimpses in his three games in Switzerland.
Having flirted briefly with suitors Real Madrid prior to the tournament and then saying he would not discuss his future until Portugal were out, Ronaldo now must front up and reveal where he wants to start the 2008/09 season.
He at least owes that much to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, the man Ronaldo should credit with turning him into such a complete footballer and why Real will not give up their pursuit quietly.
For all the disappointment at Ronaldo's displays at Euro 2008, he remains the outstanding footballer on Earth and must be the hot favourite to succeed Kaka as the Fifa World Player of the Year.
Whether he picks up the trophy as a Manchester United or a Real Madrid player, we are about to find out.
What do you think about Scolari and Ronaldo? Will Scolari be a good addition to the Premier League or should Chelsea fans be worried? And where is Ronaldo going to start next season? Tell us your thoughts.
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