Cristiano Ronaldo. An epic footballer. Winner of many individual awards, breaker of many records, scorer of an unbelievable number of goals at an incredibly consistent rate.
Cristiano Ronaldo. The one footballer we couldn’t even do a parody interview for. What can you write when Ronaldo himself gave an interview a few days ago that is almost like a parody? Ha.
Could we make fun of the weird looking sculpted bronze bust which doesn’t look anything like him, but which he was quite happy with? Or the regular showing off of his 8-pack abs, an action that we can’t even poke fun at anymore? Or the occasional childish petulance and dramatic behaviour?
We would rather just go ahead and present the interview he gave. Below are his glorious words.
”No other player has won as many individual trophies as me. And I’m not only talking here about the Ballon d’Or,” Ronaldo said. “That says something, no?
“It’s not only the work that I’m doing in the gym, like people think. It’s a combination of many things. Legends like Floyd Mayweather or LeBron James, they didn’t get to this level of perfection by chance. It must be many factors coming together. To be at the top and stay there, you must always have more talent than others.
“You know, I respect everyone’s preferences. But I don’t see anyone better than me. I always thought that.
“No other footballer does things that I am not capable of doing myself. But I see that I do things that others can’t do. There’s no player more complete than me. I play well with two feet, I’m fast, powerful, good with headers, I score goals, I deliver assists.
“People have the right to prefer Neymar or Messi. But I insist: There is no one more complete than me. …
“You will go and say that I have a big head, but when you’re at the top, it’s normal that you’re criticised. … I am the best player in history, in both good and bad times.”
He has done the unthinkable and forced ”Un-qouted” to become ”quoted”. Ladies and Gentlemen, that is the Cristiano Ronaldo effect. Seemingly making the impossible, possible.
Article by Oladimeji Sapoloso
Portrait by Daniel Diaku.