Is Cristiano Ronaldo in trouble again?

by Football XI Editorial | Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015

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Being considered as the best footballer on the planet comes with its own pressure to continuously deliver world class performances for club and country, and conduct themselves in the most professional manner. Although there can be no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo thoroughly deserved to win the 2014 Ballon d’Or award, his perceived arrogance and ego has not only divided opinions between fans, but also resulted in gaining headlines for all the wrong reasons. The pressure of remaining at the top in light of Lionel Messi’s wonderful resurgence in form may be getting to Ronaldo, with the mercurial Portuguese star cutting a forlorn figure in recent weeks as Real Madrid have suffered a serious slump in form. Losing 2-1 in El Clasico against fierce rivals Barcelona will not help matters, particularly as Ronaldo landed himself in the sort of trouble that many would put down to his self-centred attitude on and off the pitch.

Celebration

Scoring against Barcelona has become a regular occurrence for Ronaldo, but his equaliser proved to be in vain as Real Madrid failed to look anything near dangerous afterwards and allowed Barcelona to regain the lead and control the game. The adulation of scoring wonderful goals is a feeling that Ronaldo thrives on in practically every game, but his choice of celebration against Barcelona could lead to a fine or suspension. However, the LFP have made it their duty to crack down on any actions from supporters or players that may be viewed as provocative that could lead to violence; this has come after a Deportivo fan died in the aftermath of a fight following a La Liga fixture in November. Wheeling away after poking the ball past Claudio Bravo, Ronaldo chose his infamous ‘calm down’ celebration – not for the first time at the Nou Camp – which instantly wound up Barcelona fans sitting behind the goal. It could result in Ronaldo being punished, with a ban potentially arriving at just the wrong time for Real Madrid, who are trying to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the El Clasico defeat and find their feet before their season falls apart.

Other controversies

It is not the first time that Ronaldo has received considerable media attention, and while he may be accustomed to it as a major football superstar, it has not always been for the right reasons. Ronaldo caused major uproar in South Africa by urging his family not to travel to the country and watch him play, as he believed that the country was unsafe. Although violence and major corruption has tarnished the country’s reputation, South Africa have made considerable efforts to develop following the end of the Apartheid era; the country is now offers a vibrant nightlife and array of casinos, while residents also have access to the latest technology such as smartphones and the internet from which they can enjoy playing games and enjoy video calls. Ronaldo is also prone to a bit of poker away from football, with the Portuguese star participating in a high-profile tournament last year which may not have gone down well with Real Madrid or his sponsors. Controversial comments made about referees, receiving a red card against Cordoba for a petulant slap, and publicly comparing his contract with Lionel Messi’s are other moments where Ronaldo has not covered himself in glory, and while there is no doubting his unerring abilities as a footballer, his latest misdemeanour could carry the consequence of an untimely fine or suspension.

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