Monday September 24 2018
Emotion the fuel for Ronaldo’s fire

Tears followed Cristiano Ronaldo’s first red card for Juventus, but Livio Caferoglu thinks it is a timely reminder of what drives on the No 7.

Ask almost anyone who watched Cristiano Ronaldo leave Mestalla in tears last week and they’ll tell you it was an utterly-absurd decision to send off the Juventus forward, given he barely pulled Jeison Murillo’s hair. However, not everyone felt that way. Barcelona-supporting Mundo Deportivo instead felt its former rival had it coming, explaining ‘after 20 identified aggressions wearing the Portugal and Real Madrid shirt, Ronaldo was sent off on his Champions League debut.’ It begs the question – is the No 7 emotionally fragile?

From his passionate goal celebrations and desperately throwing his arms about from the sidelines in the Euro 2016 Final to breaking down in the centre-circle after winning Champions Leagues, Ronaldo is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve and isn’t afraid to show his sensitivity to the world. However, his tendency to show emotion has attracted criticism over the years, with internet trolls quick to add a ‘Y’ on to his CR7 nickname and some misreading it as narcissism.

When analysing what happened against Valencia, it’s worth slipping into Ronaldo’s shoes. As the world’s reigning best player, having just signed for Juve in an Italian-record deal and debuting for the Bianconeri in a competition he has become synonymous with, the 33-year-old was undoubtedly fired up for the occasion. Yet after taking so long – by his sky-high standards – to break his duck in Serie A, it also meant he risked letting his emotions take hold, to the point he left himself vulnerable to a moment of madness.

Unfortunately for Ronaldo, with the pressure of expectation weighing on his shoulders, he allowed the opportunistic Murillo to get into his psyche. What followed was a dramatic display of tears as the former Madrid star appeared to cry uncontrollably. Whether it was show of disgust at the decision or himself for falling into the trap, the general consensus of those without affiliations for Ronaldo or Juve – rightly or wrongly – was that the five-time Ballon d’Or was acting like a petulant child.

The incident should have provoked more of a serious debate on VAR being implemented in the Champions League, but the Press preferred to have a field day. Madrid-based Marca, once the attacker’s biggest fan, went as far as stating he had ‘kicked Murillo off the ball’ and that his camp was feeling ‘persecuted’ by UEFA as a result of his dismissal. Tuttosport and Corriere dello Sport went further, writing how the ex-Manchester United ace no longer had the ‘protection’ given to him by Los Blancos.

What also went amiss was respect for Ronaldo’s character. Some would say Mundo Deportivo’s claim that he got away with 20 aggressive episodes as a Madrid player said more about his old club than him, while the Portuguese was a moving target throughout his nine-year spell in La Liga. The early signs are that in Italy, his duels with defences will be more professional and less theatrical. Indeed, fate would have his first red card as a Juve player come against a Spanish team – and a former Inter defender in Murillo.

In the meantime, Ronaldo chose not to dwell on the disappointment, blasting in the winner against Frosinone on Sunday and not holding back in his celebration. The No 7 may or may not attend Monday’s FIFA gala in London, where The Best Men’s Player will be crowned, but to answer the question – Cristiano isn’t emotionally fragile. Rather, emotion is what fuels his engine.

Have your say...
With Ronaldo in our ranks we have a much bigger chance to win the Champions League than we had in the past few seasons.

It guarantees zilch clearly, but having Ronaldo at Juventus is truly MEGA AWESOME!
on the 26th September, 2018 at 2:27pm
"Hope the ban is extended to 2 or even 3 games."

You're pathetic with your hatred.

By the way, there's no way he will be banned for 2 games, it's either 1 or 3. Those are the rules. Funny you keep saying "rules are rules" when you don't even know what the rules are..

And yes, everyone was saying how VAR will stop Juve from winning last season, specially when Napoli was leading. It was the narrative. If you don't remember, I do.
And yet, Juve proved them all wrong and won despite VAR being introduced.

You're the one who's blinded by hatred. Everyone would like to see Ronaldo vs Manchester, except pathetic haters.
on the 26th September, 2018 at 1:54pm


on the 26th September, 2018 at 1:17pm
RONALDO really does make the difference!
Because he is the BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD

If only the wide players could serve him properly, instead of wasting dozens of assists every match we play, then we'll be BUZZING FOREVER !!!!
on the 26th September, 2018 at 1:15pm
"Take your Juve goggles off and look at the reality"

Again, projecting? Most neutrals agree it was absurd, so I suppose they're wearing Juve goggles as well.

Repeating points ad infinitum doesn't make them true. You see red because you want something to hold over Juve. You can't accept any scenario other than Juve cheat in Italy yet somehow can't in Europe.
on the 26th September, 2018 at 8:18am
Who is going to beat Juve in the league? No one said anything about VAR being downfall of Juve. Thats more made up rubbish. Take your Juve goggles off and look at the reality- the reason Juve win in Italy is because Italy is in a mess from top to bottom. The reason they havnt won CL underlines the lack of quality in Serie A.
Tell me the 'could' have won in the last 5 years is simoly not true, anyone could have won but they didn't and nor did Juve. Madrid are stronger without CR7.
on the 26th September, 2018 at 6:49am
It was red. It was correct to be red. Hope the ban is extended to 2 or even 3 games.
No one is bigger than football. Rules are rules. Soft or hard, frustrated or just angry, fact is in anger he tugged/pulled/grabbed and you can't do that. If it was any other player they'd have been sent off. No conspiracy just rules.
Juve fans trying to justify his actions are just making themselves look ridiculous.
His hunger to be the best will be the very thing that will ruin him and stop Juve from winning CL
on the 26th September, 2018 at 6:43am
It's not exactly the first time a player cries due to frustration on the field. His first big game for Juve, all eyes on him, and he gets sent off for a minor offense (worthy of a yellow). He seems to genuinely crave being the best in the world, being sent off so early in the game could brake you down.

Off topic. As always, it's great to see the Interisti here burn with hatred for Juventus. In some weird way, your hatred makes me sleep better at nights =)
on the 25th September, 2018 at 9:34pm
Truly a player worth the ticket money!
We are very lucky to have him at Juventus!

And now let's find a proper role for Bernardeschi in the first 11................................
on the 25th September, 2018 at 6:33pm
Yes, because gut instinct is how you prove your case. Wish I was being sarcastic, but it seems like this is seriously how most people operate.

Whatever, bring on the next calciopoli. Who knows? Maybe covering corruption with more corruption can work the 2nd time.
on the 25th September, 2018 at 2:15pm
My first reaction was a fix. Always follow your gut instincts I say.

If the refs favour Juve in Italy then they surely don't favour them in Europe. It appears that another form of calciopoli in Europe is real and is yet to be exposed. Furthermore it appears to be less black and more white!
on the 25th September, 2018 at 1:00pm
When VAR was introduced, everyone claimed it would end Juve's run. Then Juve won regardless. That's enough for me.

Guys, ignore the "obvious" trolls. Come on now..
on the 25th September, 2018 at 10:36am
@Giancarlo C's Mom
Pretty sure he said it's the refs

Yes, calciopoli will happen again. Any minute now. Soon. One day. Definitely.

I don't see any reason to worry about Ronaldo now. He seems to have adapted well enough and is scoring, only the absurd red holding him back from the competition he's needed in most.
on the 25th September, 2018 at 9:04am
@ Hussain

Why do you think Juve with Ronaldo can not win CL?
on the 25th September, 2018 at 5:38am
@Hussain How so? Do we get a lot of red cards in CL is that what you are saying? And what teams have lost most goals to VAR in the opening games of the season? Juve? No. Inter, and Milan... Yeah it's clear for all to see who used to be benefited, but are not anymore.
on the 25th September, 2018 at 5:32am
Football is full of episodes and clearly when you win anyway, even bad decisions against you become minor irritations rather than big dramas.

So, in this case, Ronaldo's emotions take backstage to the GREAT, GREAT away win by Juventus and we'll also concentrate on and remember Bernardeschi's epic performance.
on the 25th September, 2018 at 12:32am
He will definitely win the Serie A, but there is no way he will win the Champions League again. Juventus are massively helped by referees in Italy and it's very clear to everyone now.
on the 24th September, 2018 at 8:50pm
Some people are acting as if he was shouting profanities or was being violent.

He was venting his frustration and disappointment, much like what you petty haters are doing here.
on the 24th September, 2018 at 5:35pm
@Hypocrisy - Politics & Football: How do you see Brazilian Ronaldo's tears on 5 Maggio 2002? Is crying when losing and then leaving the competition is a good example for the kids?
on the 24th September, 2018 at 2:57pm
go crying when a decision goes against you. Sounds like Inter's motto.
on the 24th September, 2018 at 2:42pm
O well. Looks like a few people over on this blog can see through your hero.
Maybe you should start crying too.
on the 24th September, 2018 at 2:26pm
Hello pot. My name is kettle.
on the 24th September, 2018 at 2:23pm
Haters gonna hate hahahaha
on the 24th September, 2018 at 1:53pm
That sounds like the majority of your posts. Too many Inter articles.
on the 24th September, 2018 at 12:28pm
Great example for kids there, go crying when a decision goes against you.
on the 24th September, 2018 at 11:03am
It just shows how much he cares. He still somehow feels like he has something to prove. Never complacent.
Always a sign of greatness.

Without that hunger and passion, he wouldn't be the beast he is today.
on the 24th September, 2018 at 10:48am
The red card definitely adds fuel to the fire of the UEFA conspiracy theories. Unfortunately in the Champions League there is a growing theme of the referees favouring the 'Home' team, I doubt Ronaldo would have received anything more than a yellow if that had happened at the Juve stadium...
on the 24th September, 2018 at 8:57am
His tears were a sign of his desperation to score in every game to fuel his huge ego and show the world he could do it at every club.Take away his massive ego and you lose Ronaldo.
on the 24th September, 2018 at 8:26am

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