Diego Maradona was the best player of the 1986 World Cup by a country mile. The Argentine wowed every time he set foot on the pitch with a series of breathtaking performances which made him the greatest footballer on the globe. During 1990, he was unable to achieve such heights, partly because defenders were learning how to shackle him. Is the same thing happening to this Manchester United man?
The Manchester Evening Telegraph reports that Sir Alex Ferguson is all too aware that Cristiano Ronaldo is singled out for special treatment by defenders and referees alike, especially when the team are away from home. He reckons that the class of the player means that it’s easier to give decisions against him, although there’s no mention of the arrogance suggested by Arsene Wenger in the same piece.
Fergie told MUTV: “It is easy to give decisions against him because he is such a great player and he is so celebrated.
“When he is away from home every crowd boos him, so he has to handle that. But it is not helping him.”
A celebrated player? By whom? Manchester United supporters might be overjoyed at the goals he scores and the way he plays football, although he’s hardly as universally popular as George Best or Bobby Charlton back in the day. It seems likely that we’re witnessing the last few months of Cristiano Ronaldo as a player in the Premier League, do you expect the switch to Real Madrid to materalise in the summer?