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Posts Tagged ‘Cristiano Ronaldo’

Weak-Sauce, Cristiano

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That, friends, is Cristiano Ronaldo spitting towards the camera, evidently, in a fit of disgust after Portugal’s ouster at the hands (feet) of David Villa. Now, being upset after losing is completely understandable. Spitting on or towards a person that had nothing to do with the loss? Not so much.

Save for Ronaldo’s acrobatic goal, the Portuguese superstar had quite the mediocre World Cup. Perhaps the saliva rocket was intended for his performance.

H/t to HuffingtonPost for the find.

Ronaldo’s Nifty Goal

Ronaldo

During Portugal’s absolute 7-0 drubbing of North Korea earlier today, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal that would make Homer Simpson happy… Or maybe make him say “D’oh” due the sheer silliness of the goal. Thanks to Will Brinson and FanHouse, we’ve got the video, and from the looks of it, Ronaldo could’ve simply walked the Jabulani into the goal while he was balancing it on his neck.

See for yourself:


To quote folks like Martin Tyler, that goal was awfully cheeky. But then again, when your opponent quits on the field, things like this happen. In fact, North Korea played so poorly, Grant Wahl wonders if the players could be punished by their despotic leader.

Considering the tragic story of AndrĂ©s Escobar, I doubt I’d be surprised if this is the last we see of this particular team, especially once their World Cup is over. Take that to mean whatever you think it does.

We Wear Short-Shorts?

Soccer Shorts

OK, I know it’s the offseason for the European soccer leagues, and I also know there’s no World or UEFA Cup to be played this summer. The extended summer layoff, however, does not explain the explosion of European soccer stars appearing here and there in what can only be described as hot pants. What we have in the lead image is Rio Ferdinand (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo demonstrating their love for Daisy Dukes. Now, I’m a firm “to each his own” person, but damn. Short-shorts? Really?

In Ronaldo’s defense, it doesn’t look like he’s that interested in wearing much of anything; not in the image in question, at least.

More on the hotness of international soccer after the jump >>

Who’s Watching Soccer Today?

Messi and Ronaldo

I normally save my soccer/futbol/footie posts for things like the World Cup qualifying, weird goals and the Euro Cup. Essentially the big, “everybody’s watching” games, like, for instance, the UEFA Champions League Final, which takes place later on this afternoon. The match will be watched the world over, and when you consider the fact that two of the best soccer players in the world (Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi) — not to mention two of the most followed clubs in the world — the appeal is understandable. For those of you who don’t like the sport, today’s game between Manchester United and Barcelona is a good opportunity to perhaps change these colors.

The United States loves its celebrities, athletic or otherwise, and with that in mind, a Ronaldo/Messi head-to-head could be the very thing to attract more fans — at least for today’s match. If you haven’t heard of either and question their star power, don’t, especially with Ronaldo. Not only is each player an international superstar, both are competing for the World Player of the Year award, which was given to Ronaldo last season. The thinking is, if Barcelona wins, Messi wins the award and vice-versa.

There is one unfortunate thing about today’s Final: the timing. Because of Europe’s silly “we’re ahead of you lot by five or six hours” mentality, the game comes on during the afternoon for us Americans. Fear not, however. ESPN360 has you covered if you are at work. If you are at home, ESPN will be doing the deed in a “live television” format.

Allow me to echo the thoughts of ESPN’s Josh Elliot (via Twitter and The Sporting News Blog), “give it a chance.” You never know, you might actually enjoy it. And hey, there’s always a chance a riot breaks out, so you have that going for you as well.

Game time is 2:25 Eastern.

Sometimes, The Beautiful Game Is Just That

Thanks to this brilliant find by the The Beautiful Game, some of you non-soccer purists can see just how great the game really is when individual skill is on display like we have in the video below:

The first one is a brilliant strike, courtesy of a nifty volley. The end result made the goalie look a little lost, although he does deserve some credit for at least trying to make the save.

In the second goal, you are treated to some incredibly ball-handling that results in the attacker absolutely dekeing the opposing defense so severely, all he has to do it touch it in. All of the action took place in the San Luis/Pumas match and some believe these two offerings may be two of the best goals scored all year.

While Cristiano Ronaldo’s backheel ranks right up there:

The first two will be hard to ignore.