quinta-feira, 2 de março de 2017

Booing Ronaldo and Zidane - are Madrid's Bernabeu fans the worst in the world?

Furthermore, for any Real fan to criticise Ronaldo is just ludicrous, given the €94 million that Madrid paid Manchester United for his services has long since been proven a bargain. He has won the Ballon d'Or three times since moving to the Spanish capital, lifted two Champions League trophies and scored a frankly ridiculous 389 times in 379 games in all competitions.
As former Real No.1 Iker Casillas recently said of the jeers, "As a Madridista, sometimes you don't understand how it can happen. Last year, Madrid were European champions. A few months ago, they were world champions! [Ronaldo] has just won the trophy as the world's best player!"
Furthermore, it is not as if Ronaldo has suddenly stopped fighting. It was he who ultimately salvaged a point for Madrid against Las Palmas, by converting a penalty and then heading home a last-gasp equaliser. There was no preening, no self-indulgent celebration either. After both goals, Ronaldo quickly tried to recover the ball from the net in order to restart the game as quickly as possible.
And yet some Madrid fans feel he doesn't do enough! It's embarrassing and those responsible should be ashamed of themselves.
How exactly do some Madrid fans feel they are helping their players? The staggering thing is, though, that there is now an attitude of acceptance among the longer serving members of the Real squad. Sergio Ramos, for example, sees no reason why Ronaldo should be exempt from the boo boys' backlash.
"I can understand why [the fans] whistle Cristiano," the centre-half admitted. "Why not? They have also whistled me. They whistled Manolo Sanchis, [Jose Antonio] Camacho, [the Brazilian] Ronaldo, [Zinedine] Zidane. The fans have whistled everyone."
Only, that's not true. It hasn't always been like this. Legendary Real striker Hugo Sanchez recently claimed that he never had to put up with flak from his own fans.
"I suffered many difficult situations, lots of insults - but playing away from home," the Mexican pointed out. "At the Bernabeu, you expect support and affection to lift you.
"It is something strange what is happening with Cristiano. Ronaldo, season after season, is the leader and goalscorer who gets the team out of difficult moments.
"We must keep respecting him, supporting him, and helping him."
Unfortunately, that plea is likely to fall on deaf ears. As has been demonstrated time and time again at the Bernabeu, empty vessels make the most noise and some stupid supporters are more interested in jeering their own players rather than cheering them.
I have an explanation. Cristiano Ronaldo is portuguese and the die hard fans of Real Madrid after all these years still can't get to terms with the fact that their best player, their best player ever, is from the country they so much look down. It is as simple as that. It was the same with Mourinho, and Queiroz. It is the same with Coentrão. When they miss a pass or something they say "el portugués! ... ", usually followed by a barrage of profanities. A spanish or spanish-speaking or even a brazilian player rarely if ever receives that treatment.

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