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Does Cristiano Ronaldo deserve to be European Footballer of the Year?

So, Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned the 2008 European Footballer of the Year.

Published on December 2nd 2008.


Does Cristiano Ronaldo deserve to be European Footballer of the Year?

The Results..

Yes: - 46%
No: - 54%

But does the preening coxcomb deserve this accolade? He’s a terrible example to young players using every trick in his armoury to gain an advantage. Check the stupid way he handled the ball and got sent off during Saturday’s derby with City and then tried to justify it. He thinks he’s above the law. In the same breath he, and Sir Alex, think he should be protected by that law. Football and its riches have turned him into a spoilt brat.

The award for Ballon d’Or (Golden ball? Surely Beckham should win that? Ed) awarded by UEFA should not just be about a footballer’s skill with a ball but his conduct. Winners should be those who demonstrate that they are humble enough to know how fortunate they are. Given his profile, less sneer and more smile would make Ronaldo far more worthy.

On the other hand, this accolade is all about Ronaldo’s sublime skills with a ball. It’s about the way he raises simple sport into a virtuoso performance celebrating genius in whatever field.

Anybody who gets 76,000 people on their feet and cheering through the dazzling movement of their feet is spreading the sum of human delight. Mealy-mouthed criticisms of Ronaldo's conduct on and off the field miss the point. They don’t matter it’s all about the moments when he has the ball. That’s his job, judge him on that. We don't judge Shakespeare by his character but by his work.

So does Cristiano Ronaldo deserve to be European Footballer of the Year? Vote yes, he’s a football God, no, he’s a selfish prima donna, on the Homepage.

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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

UnitedCityDecember 2nd 2008.

Quote:"Does Cristiano Ronaldo deserve to be European Footballer of the Year?"Yes & No

LeeroyDecember 2nd 2008.

Bitter Blue noses voting No. If only Joey barton was in the running!!

emma graceDecember 2nd 2008.

Well it's like Mancon says, we don't judge Shakespeare by his character but by his work...you never know, old Bill might have been a right cantankerous old fart who threw stones at puppies and small children, but he's famous for his work and nothing else...same thing here I reckon.

DigDecember 2nd 2008.

Is this article and vote going on Liverpool Confidential?

Wayne DaviesDecember 2nd 2008.

Leeroy oh dear. Why are football fans so daft? Why do they care so much about sport? Why are they usually so thick?

Andy GeeDecember 2nd 2008.

Er what I meant to say was that maybe the vote should have been: is football as important as our medium would have it?

viva chris ronaldoDecember 2nd 2008.

Morning Dig, just a quick one on your question. If this went on LivCon how many bitter dirty reds would vote 'errrmmmm....no la'???? to many thats the answer to that one mate.

GrahamDecember 2nd 2008.

This is the most ridiculous ManCon question so far!1) I can't imagine that the average ManCon reader cares too much either way.2) He was quite clearly been the best footballer in the world for the last 2 years i'd say. It would have been a major shock if he hadn't won it this year after netting 42 goals in the previous season... an amazing tally for a striker let alone a winger! The Premier League trophy. The Champions League trophy.Fortunately for Ronaldo it's not a 'personality', 'niceness' or 'sense of honour' award, as he wouldn't have won any of those... it was a footballing award. He's the best at that - no-one can honestly deny that.

DigDecember 2nd 2008.

Just a thought. Bitter dirty reds though? That's an insult. We're neither dirty Leeds or bitter blues! Anyway I'm skating on thin ice having this discussion on ManCon. I'll only get ganged up on. I'll leave the footy talk in the pub pal.

scoteeeDecember 2nd 2008.

Graham is right,whether you think he is a knob or not,he is a footballing genius.Who deserves it more? That would be a better question...

Marta Vieira da SilvaDecember 2nd 2008.

Well I don't care what you all think of him,I didnt even get a mention and should have got the award.Whatever happened to equality?!

Viva Chris RonaldDecember 2nd 2008.

Hey Dig, only joshin la. Im a massive united fan & love what ronny won us last yr but also hae a soft spot for the peoples club EFC but if your a l'pool fan then sorry mate, i would rather any cockney team won the title instead of you boys!Keep up the blind dates kid...good work!

DaveDecember 2nd 2008.

Yes, he should be european player of the year - viva Ronaldo

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