Spanish press say Cristiano Ronaldo is “anxious” and should be rested
Media fail to make Portuguese man-o’-sex feel welcome in Madrid
Never ones to wildly speculate or make stuff up based on thoroughly insufficient evidence, the vultures of the Spanish press seem to be circling around Cristiano Ronaldo of late.
A few weeks ago, Madrid-based daily paper Marca ran a story on their front cover claiming the Portuguese was struggling to fit into the side, and that he was therefore suffering from ‘Zidane Syndrome’. This assessment was made before La Liga 2009/10 had even started, and was thoroughly devoid of quotes or proof.
This morning, they have reintroduced their anxiety theory with the help of Jorge Valdano, the Madrid sporting director who seems to be piping up a lot more of late. He is quoted as saying:
“In the first league game I liked Cristiano. He scored, even though it was a penalty, and he had a couple of moves. He may have some anxiety because he is very professional and always wants to be at his best, but we need to wait a few matches to see who he really is. We saw this with Zidane.”
The Barcelona press are also getting on the tricky winger’s case, by asserting that he is already exhausted. Without even a hint of evidence, Sport today report:
“[Manuel Pellegrini] and his team believe they should give a rest to the Portuguese against Espanyol after the physical and psychological wear which he has been under during the two qualifying matches for the World Cup.”
Sport continue by effectively diminishing their own claims, when noting the fact that Ronaldo hates being a substitute, and is very keen to play every single minute of every match. Hence, this ‘physical and psychological wear’ will be extremely difficult to prove.
After playing just one league game and an international schedule that most of his teammates will also have participated in, we find it very hard to believe that a player of Ronaldo’s caliber is exhausted. Equally, it seems a little bizarre to point the finger of anxiety at a player who epitomises confidence and egotism.