Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is known for two things. First, he’s purportedly one of the greatest soccer players of all time, as a few sources would so claim. Second, he’s known for being pretty controversial for his personality and actions.
The Real Madrid player once said the reason other players targeted him physically was because “I think it’s because I’m rich, handsome and a great player,” followed by “They envy me – there’s no other explanation.” Ronaldo would, however, later admit to the remark being a bad idea. Despite this, it wasn’t the only time Ronaldo drew some criticism for his actions.
Purportedly, Scottish manager Sir Alex Ferguson once gave quite the hard lecture to Ronaldo. The forward supposedly tried to ‘play for himself’ and the game was lost at least due in part to it, and fellow soccer player Wayne Rooney once claimed that Ronaldo was not a team player and only cared about personal glory.
This article from the Guardian further highlights just how much Ronaldo goes for the glitz and glamour, contrasting him starkly with the more shy and humble man who is considered his rival and the other best player of their generation, Lionel Messi.
While some of the controversy surrounding Ronaldo’s behavior and personality during the game can definitely be attributed to exaggeration or the like, it’s undeniable that the Real Madrid player has certainly done some rather questionable or simply strange things. On Nov 3, 2016, Ronaldo stood upon a downed player in a game his team was losing. While not controversial, Ronaldo nonetheless a few days later starred in a bizarre commercial reenacting Home Alone to advertise a soundbar.
Though likely having matured since his infamous 2011 remark about the envy he drew, Ronaldo still seems to be a player who thrives in the limelight, regardless of the reception it might bring. Only time will tell whether or not this flamboyant persona continues to make just as many headlines as his actual on-field performance, or if the Real Madrid player will begin to wind down.