The Real Ronaldo decides to call it a day
You will be missed, Sir
The Spoiler was just a whipper-snapper when Ronaldo first came to our attention and he absolutely blew our tiny little mind. He was unbelievably strong, quick and skilful – he’s what Jonah Lomu could’ve been if he’d not lived in New Zealand and made the right life choices.
Today he announced his retirement from football by saying:
“The head wants to go on but the body can’t take any more. I think of an action but I can’t do it the way I want to. It’s time to go.”
It’s a rather muted end for the three-times world player of the year but he will always be remembered as one of the greats.
It’s easy to reduce a player’s career down to statistics – especially if they happen to be a striker – but in Ronaldo’s case it’s probably more inappropriate than most.
Yes, he’s the top goal-scorer in World Cup history, scored a hat-tick at Old Trafford and scored X goals in X games BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. But it’s the way he went about it that was truly bloody fantastic.
He could go around players, go through players and was as good a finisher as you’d care to see. But he also played with a smile on his face and he still seems to thoroughly enjoy his life – we’d definitely send him a Valentine’s card.
Ronaldo, you can enjoy your life of yachts and models safe in the knowledge you were one of the greats.
Below is a video of our favourite Ronaldo moments. The first one is after 30ish seconds and the second one immediately follows – two goals that summed up the early part of his career. He bloody destroys them.
What are your favourite moments? Let us know with a little comment below…