In today’s cinema world, superhereo films seem to be all the rage. To that end, there’s a certain confluence between the blockbuster releases we’ve seen from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2018, and the latest FIFA World Cup tournament taking place in the same year.
Because, if there was ever to be a superhero playing football, it’s hard to see Cristiano Ronaldo not being said hero.
Consider what we’ve seen from Ronaldo so far. The fact that he’s put Portugal’s football team on his back is a given. The fact that he comprised the entire scoresheet for Portugal in their 3-3 draw against arch-nemesis Spain is clear from anyone who reads the box score. But the simple fact is: Ronaldo is the best football player in the world right now, and perhaps one of the most dominant athletes on planet Earth today.
Of course, not everyone will see Ronaldo that way. Many of his detractors – especially those who are ardent supporters of the Argentinian legend who can also lay claim to the “greatest player in the world” mantle – will tell you that Ronaldo is a narcissistic, camera-hungry showboat that’s all about shameless self-promotion. To them, he is that “perfect specimen’ that was born with football’s version of a silver spoon in his mouth, and with his God-given gifts, he’s done very little to earn the success and fame he enjoys today.
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Most people know these accusations are not true. While Ronaldo can’t help what his outwards appearance might look like naturally, he’s one of the most disciplined athletes on the planet, in terms of keeping his body in constant football-ready (or camera-ready) shape. While his off-the-field exploits have been the subject of many tabloids, nobody can deny what he’s been accomplishing on it.
Even the most ardent fans of Lionel Messi will have to admit that if Ronaldo isn’t the greatest player in the world, his play during the first two matches is bringing him very close. In five international matches this season (including the three friendlies leading up to the World Cup), Ronaldo has six goals. In Portugal’s first two games of the tournament, Ronaldo pulled off the hat trick against arch-rival Spain, and then added the only tally of the game in the match against Morocco.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s South American foil is watching his Argentinian team come to the precipice of a potential disaster, in the form of an elimination from the group stage of the World Cup. In a nation like Argentina, that’s a bigger catastrophe than the economy collapsing. But that’s where they are, in large part because of Messi’s struggles (though his teammates certainly haven’t helped).
After witnessing the recent efforts of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), there are some who are starting the draw the parallels between both global icons – leading his not-as-talented teammates to victory in the greatest heights of competition.
Then again, at least at some level, that’s what entices us so much about superheroes: individuals with great powers, who use them to achieve the greatest good.
It’s your choice regarding in which category Ronaldo falls.