So for my latest instalment I thought I would get my angry little man rant out of the way first. I was watching a replay of the Champions league on Friday last week and witnessed the frustrating behaviour of the likes of Ronaldo, Gatusso and co. Although I do have respect for Ronaldo and the way he seems to at least try to push the boundaries of technique and works hard on perfection, he lets himself down and lowers himself to a level on par with the scumbags of football. Well Done Son, Well Done!
This is not big or smart and I have to wonder if Sir Alex would have let him away with the antics and histrionics he performs every week. On that point I also can’t help but think after his poor World Cup he wishes he hadn’t burnt his bridges at Old Trafford and was able to rely on Sir Alex to get him back performing at his best, similar to what he did for Beckham after France 98??
Following on from this my frustrations with footballers continued after listening to a fantastic piece on BBC podcast “Sportsweek with Garry Richardson. After finishing talking about Rooney and his behaviour recently he played a pre-recorded interview from during the week with Nobby Stiles. Nobby was part of the 1966 World Cup winning England team and part of the Manchester United team that won the European Cup along with Best, Charlton and Law. During the week he had to hold an auction to sell all his memorabilia in order, in his words “to look after his family when he was gone”. He came across as a very interesting character who has given football the beautiful history that it has and it seems such a shame that someone who is this important to football has been treated so poorly and grubs like Rooney, Ronaldo, Ballotelli et al are literally swimming in money.
I know that recently everyone has been having a go a football wages and finances in general, and there are far more eloquent commentaries of the situation at present but jeez it makes my blood boil. Football, and Sport in general, should be used as a vehicle to promote fair play, sportsmanship and just plain right from wrong, this seems to be lost recently.
PS. Everyone should subscribe to BBC Sportsweek, great roundup of world sport with some very insightful and in depth interviews. Well worth a listen. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0070lk9