A dark day for Football - Goodbye Ronaldo

Martin Macdonald By Martin Macdonald, 14th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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On the 14th of February 2011 legendary football star Ronaldo called time on his illustrious career at the premature age of 34.

The Greatest Striker Of All Time

Brazilian football star Ronaldo has retired at the age of 35 after struggling to overcome the knee injuries that have plagued his career for the last decade.

And I, for one, am devastated.

Along with Henrik Larsson of Celtic FC, Ronaldo was always my footballing hero when I was younger. When I had just started playing football at the age of 7, I remember watchin Ronaldo in a game, in which he scored by using his signature shimmy around the goalkeeper. Safe to say that I spend the next fortnight or so out in front of my house trying to replicate what I though was such a cool way to score a goal. I tried (and of course failed) to play like Ronaldo, his unbelievably direct pace, his finishing ability, his determination, his skill, his aura.

Ronaldo has had a celebrated career that has had him play for the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan. He has won FIFA World Player of the Year three times, despite being injured far too often. His La Liga goalscoring record in a single season was only just recently surpassed by Lionel Messi. He has been with two World Cup winning squads and is the competitions all time leading goalscorer.

I would think it would be these accolades that people would remember about Ronaldo but unfortunately in recent years all the stories surrounding the samba star have been tinged with sadness. His weight has radically fluctuated in recent years, which has caused fans to question his determination, which in his brightest years was unquestionable. Stories continue to flood from the press of Ronaldo coming out of Brazilian nightclubs before training etc.

It would be so easy to let all this tarnish our memory of the great Ronaldo, but I am determined to remain strong and when I think of the goals that Ronaldo scored , and his heartwarming smile, that just oozed happiness in his better years, I feel at piece that he will go down as the single greatest striker in the history of football.

Goodbye Ronaldo - We will miss you.


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author avatar SaptarshiR
3rd Apr 2011 (#)

ya really ronaldo was the best

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author avatar lincon7
22nd Apr 2011 (#)

Oooo wat a miss out,anyway is time as passed away let d young tak over...

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author avatar lincon7
22nd Apr 2011 (#)

Oooo wat a miss out,anyway is time as passed away let d young tak over...

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author avatar Luke Facey
15th Oct 2011 (#)

Ronaldo was easily the best striker in modern World Cup history, he scored so many goals and did so with such style.

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author avatar Funom Makama
16th Nov 2011 (#)

Great article, I love it. Keep up with the good work

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