By Zach Ricchiuti
Ronaldo is flashy and brash, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
[UPDATE: A Messi fan responds.]
Whenever I tell people that I prefer Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi, I find myself on the receiving end of a few derisive comments about hairstyles, diving and poor attitudes. Messi is the kind of guy who brings flowers when he picks your daughter up. Ronaldo, with his fast cars and jewelry, would drop her off the next morning, disheveled and holding last night’s heels. Even FIFA President Sepp Blatter has taken a public stand against the Real Madrid striker, criticizing him for spending too much time on his hair.
But I’m not particularly turned off by Ronaldo’s public image. He’s a successful, wealthy and talented athlete, and has every right to be confident in his own abilities. He also cares deeply about winning, and that shows through during matches, including, at times, when disputed calls bring him close to tears. What you see is what you get with Ronaldo.