Ronaldo booed by press, fans

2010-04-12 12:43

Johannesburg - The Spanish press have rounded on Cristiano Ronaldo following Real Madrid's loss to Spanish champions-elect Barcelona on Saturday night.

"Leo makes a fool of Cristiano in the clash of the stars" was the headline in the Catalan daily Sport after Messi's opening goal had knocked the wind out of Real's sails.

"Too much Messi for CR9," was the headline in the usually Real-biased Marca newspaper.

"Lionel Messi showed on Saturday in the Bernabéu that the second-best player in the world is light years from his level," the Sport suggested. "As Leo was attempting to add to his goal tally, Cristiano was lost on the pitch, making pointless runs and expressing his rage with angry, excessive gestures."

"Ronaldo had to resign himself to the fact that his reign in the football world has ended and that's that."

The scathing reports in the Spanish press echoed the disappointment felt by Real fans, who booed Ronaldo towards the end of the match.

Their reaction towards the Portuguese star may be considered harsh by some. Most of Real's best work in the Clasico emanated from Ronaldo, and he was exhausted by his total, if ultimately fruitless, commitment to Real's cause. It's just that many Real supporters remain unconvinced in this season, which looks set to end trophy-less, that Ronaldo is worth the  €94m he was bought for, or that his cause is in actual fact Real's.

It will be interesting to see whether Ronaldo can help to pick Real up with some of his typically brilliant performances after suffering such a public disappointment.

As JJ Santos noted in Spanish As newspaper, "Cristiano turned into a roadrunner chasing shadows."

"By the time he found space and had the ball he was already exhausted and had to watch in despair as a genius like Messi destroyed Pellegrini's defensive network."

"And even harder to take than the defeat must have been the fact that the fans whistled him for the first time." 

Soccer Laduma

  • gunner - 2010-04-12 13:06

    Always said this is a overated player.MESSI THE BEST.

  • Ryan - 2010-04-12 13:14

    Shame ! Serves him right for abandoning United in favour of Real . At United he had the entire team focussed around him with assists coming in from everywhere for him to score goals . At Real it is each man for himself and there are other even bigger egos than his on the pitch . Ronaldo , Kaka , Benzema , Higuain , Alonso ; some of the most expensive players on the planet in one team - just goes to show ;Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians is a recipe for failure .

  • Kube$ - 2010-04-12 13:16

    To me Christiano is still the best, you in the wrong team bro, real just dont have the Unity that Barca have , hence no support for you brother.

  • seeps - 2010-04-12 13:22

    Come back to OT where no1 will Boo you son...... Lets be honest the Spanish are retarded for even blaming Ronaldo for the loss as he actually had a fairly decent game considering how everybody else was anonymous? They expect too much from the boy really now...

  • @gunner - 2010-04-12 13:24

    What a dumb comment, Messi is definately the best of the best but Ronaldo is not overrated not by a long shot. You would love to have him at Arsenal.

  • king-paul - 2010-04-12 13:25

    it is very amazing how things change in the world of football. who could have thought that the highly rated Ronaldo would all of a sudden become a bad player after just one match. My question is simple, were spanish media not aware of Messi's talent even bofere the arrival Ronaldo in Spain? This also makes one wonder as to how much influence played by the english media in promoting Ronaldo as the best thing in the world of football. This match up of Ronaldo and Messi goes back to the UEFA final between Manchester and Barcelona where Messi demonstrate how good he was. sometimes players from the english league are over rated including thier teams.

  • Mack - 2010-04-12 13:25

    Ronaldo is following in Beckham's shoes. He has put himself under so much pressure with his price tag annd has got to live up to expectations. One more bad season at Real then he goes to play in America or Italy.

  • Joe - 2010-04-12 13:30

    Always said he was a show pony much in the same mould as his predecesor Davie's 'squeaky' Beckham. Only show ponies and his shelf life is over

  • mxo - 2010-04-12 13:32

    Booing Roland is simply refusing to accept that Barca is the best team in the world at the moment. On Saturday they played Real out of the game by simply defending well and keeping possession when they had the ball. What is killing Roland though is his arrogance. The boy is gifted but the head is too big as well, he must come down like King Messi - "the hero from the playstation"

  • mac - 2010-04-12 13:34

    Big ego hits the dirt.

  • Lomboville - 2010-04-12 13:38

    Sorry for CR9 he played agaist a team that pride itself on holding the ball were it matters most the play field--while he plays for a team that pride it self on buying stop los ankels(LA) hmm.

  • chosen1 - 2010-04-12 13:39

    this will prove that this smuck! he was the best until nw,he was nt even good at united,too much players @ untd sacrificed to make him look good and look he is surrounded by the worlds best players who cnt even provide good balls for him to score, for me each player in that real team wants to outshine the other.

  • Sox - 2010-04-12 13:50

    Wrong move for Ronaldo for signing with Real look at Kaka where is he anyway?

  • Harold - 2010-04-12 13:52

    @GUNNER. This 'overrated" player destroyed Arsenal in the CL last season.

  • Jack - 2010-04-12 13:56

    What a bunch of tossers!!! They expect Ronaldo to defend and score!!! C'mon! Cristiano is the best footballer of the world! Messi happens to be at his peak. Ronaldo is in a new team who themselves are not entirely organised! Real's defense on the day was pathetic, yet they expect one man to take on 11 barca's players and win the match! Seriously! Get over it. Ronaldo, forca!

  • Realist - 2010-04-12 13:56

    Ronaldo was the best for a time. Messi is seemingly best right now. The stints of reigning supreme appear ever shorter these days. Messi could easilly be off his game tomorrow and will be forgotten as fast as his climb to fame. Mind you Messi without Xavi wont be Messi supreme. Mark these words for the worldcup

  • ManUtd18 - 2010-04-12 14:00

    The grass is always greener on the other side, huh Cristiano?

  • lali - 2010-04-12 14:05

    The problem is not Ronaldo but Real Madrid as a team. Ronaldo cant perform miracles on his own, he needs capable players around him in order to perform (thats he performed better at United). To worsen matters, i dont think Real has the right coach to direct their strategic play (their positional play lacks discipline and focus). Compare the capable players that surrounds Messi at Barcelona and those around Ronaldo at Real Madrid........see the differencce!!

  • Retha - 2010-04-12 14:05

    Ronaldo's head became too big for his boot.

  • Supafly - 2010-04-12 14:07

    It amazing how selective in our amnesia we seem to suffer as football fans! Apparently Messi is the best footballer to hav graced a football pitch! Based on what? The two highly successful seasons he's had at Barca? Wasn't it the same past two seasons that E'to was hailed as the goal king in Spain? Rewind a few seasons previously when great names were mentioned in the same breathe at Camp Nou, i.e Rivaldo, Ronaldo (Brazil), Ronaldinho etc. What do these players hav in common? While they were outstanding individual talents in their own right, they were surrounded by equally great players who created a platform for them to shine. What's my point? Barca is football school of some sort, kinda like Ajax (no, I meant Amsterdam) in the 90s and AC Milan in the 80s. So what? Messi is a fair good player in great form playing for an extra-ordinary side, period! Take Messi to some mediocre Spanish team or EPL team or any league, you'll begin to see similarities to Ronaldo (Madrid & Portugal), i.e. just good talent and nothing extra ordinary as we're made to believe. I'm talkin nonsense? Well, why hasn't the magical Messi carried Argentina the way the one Diego (Maradona) carried them in yrs gone by? The answer is simple really! The platform isn't there for him to shine!

  • Peter - 2010-04-12 14:12

    As with other united players that left for madrid....their careers were just not the same.

  • Messi - 2010-04-12 14:20


  • DUMI - 2010-04-12 14:24

    Ronaldo is world class, You can't assess the quality of this player over one game. Messi is undoubtedly the best thing since sliced bread at this present moment, Ronaldo takes a bit longer to adjust in a new environment, the same way it took him a couple of seasons before he came to the party for Man Utd. I don't think and overrated player would win the world player of the year, Gunner you just hate Ronaldo hence the comment. Form is temporary, Class is permanent remember that

  • lowrie - 2010-04-12 14:29

    As an all round Player in terms of attributes, I am of the opinion that Ronaldo is better than Messi as he can stand up to a much sterner defence given his strength and pace. Sure Messi is more creative and has a more deft touch but I doubt he would perform at his current level if he was playing in England week in week out against defenders like Terry, Vidic, Shawcross, Cahill, Hangeland among other hard men... It has to be noted that they are two very different players but to be honest, I prefer watching Ronaldo purely because of the passion and commitment with which he plays the game.

  • Nick - 2010-04-12 14:38

    Ronaldo looked good around Donkeys like Scholes, Neville and Carrick. But put him in a Top spanish side he's just you average Joe. MU could only take a point off Blackburn, not easy to win when the Ref isn't wearing Red. Best footballer ever Eusebio.

  • Kube$ - 2010-04-12 14:41

    Only 2 coaches can succeed at Real, Wenger or Jose Moron. Wenger wont leave the Gunners. Pelligrini is prob gonna go, NO DOUBT about that. Perez should go NOW and talk to Jose Mourinho,Jose being as arrogant and great as he is, will go to Real.

  • salim mahmood - 2010-04-12 14:41

    normal portuguese all big headed big mouths but nothing to show

  • David - 2010-04-12 14:49

    Anybody saying that Ronaldo is overrated doesn't know what they're talking about. If he was, two or more defenders wouldn't be crowding him everytime he's in possession. Messi hasn't performed the same way for Argentina as he's done for Barca, does that mean he's overrated too? Portugal's play on the other hand revolves around Ronaldo, and they don't seem to be struggling. Messi and Ronaldo are the two best players in the world at the moment. I mean Barca are only 3 points ahead of RM for heaven's sake, and it's quite possible that they might still finish the season empty handed. Come the world cup, should Argentina bomb out in the second round and Portugal say reach the semis, the same press and fans will be hailing Ronaldo and ridiculing Messi.

  • Catalan - 2010-04-12 14:50

    Cristiano and Lionel both have superior talent , only difference is that Messi creates space fro himself and knows how to use it

  • Richmond Dladla - 2010-04-12 14:58

    Let's face it, Messi is much better than Ronaldo. That is why Barca had to invest in Messi's medical bills before he came to spot light. Remember on every successful man there is a good partner, and that is the middle field architect in Xavi Hernandez. He knows when to play the ball to Messi and when not to. Money doesn't buy success on the field but good and well calculated minds bring success. CR9 and Messi play same position but their style of play is not and will not be the same. Compare in Brazilian squad Denilson vs Romario. ''ALL HAIL KING MESSI"

  • Tshif - 2010-04-12 15:02

    LMAO. . . . Just after one game (yes it was barcelona but WTF)? before that game, the same newspapers were excited saying its Messi VS Ronaldo...putting them on the same ranks.... and the fans now go booing him....Damn i love soccer....facts be mentioned though, he's world class, once the best player in the world, its just that now, Messi took over.....

  • avish - 2010-04-12 15:11

    Donkeys!!! surely this guy does not know football.A team with too many stars makes it hard for an individual to shine.At man u Ranaldo had players with whom he clicked and that is important.i feel that both Ranaldo and Messi are stars in their own right.there is some kind of bad luck for english footballers at real madrid.It's a shame though, he could have remained at man u and played real good football

  • Brent - 2010-04-12 15:19

    Ronaldo is and always will be a brag gat .... I agree with Nick he was made to look good because he played around donkeys. I think he should spend less time in front of the mirror and more time on the practice field... he is an arrogant moron. Secondly i'm so glad Real Madrid will win nothing this year ...all the clubs they affected by buying the 'so called elite' are probably having the last laugh now ...Milan , Liverpool and Man Utd..Messi is the Best Christiano face it

  • Hero Nakamura - 2010-04-12 15:27

    Ronaldo has never been a great player at any stage. I've always said that he was an overrated player. If you think carefully you will realize that not too many extraordinary players play in the English premier league. These extraordinary players only play in that league in their twilight years - the simple reason being that the game there is about passion. Showing passion can be equated to emotion, it turns to make things messy. In Spain football is more of an exhibition than anything else. That is why the spanish La liga is able to attract the greatest names in football at in modern football. Ronaldo is full of running, but does not make him a footballing genius. Period! That is the biggest difference between him and Messi. You cannot even begin to put Ronaldo in the same class as Zidan, Rivaldo, Ronaldo (Brazil), Redondo, or even Deco - These are thinkers, not just player.

  • gunner4life - 2010-04-12 15:46

    yes messi is the best but i have to dis agree with my gunner friend about CR9, he is amazing and never over rated and he will be back to his best soon, i would love to see him at arsenal, this is the best players in the world no doubt, give CR9 xavi in midfield and see

  • AL @ chosen1 - 2010-04-12 15:49

    "he wasn`t that good at UTD" - are you on drugs. 42 goals and player of the year???? Please stick to the PSL dude.

  • manutd - 2010-04-12 15:52

    CR7/CR9 is still tha best ,an all-rounder !!Messi is just as good but becoz the team that he plays for feeds him good balls & their midfiled (XAVI) is just spectacular.BUT Ronaldo is not getting the feed that he deserves,he is hungry for the ball that is why he get`s so frustrated when there is no proper feed from his team mates.OH and yes why is`nt Messi doing what he does for Barca than for Argentina ??..Ronaldo da hond

  • sdutsie - 2010-04-12 15:53

    CR9 is a good player as Messi but u cnt compare them in terms of the recent game they both play a magnicificant football but lets not accuse Christian some they accuse jst bcs they dnt like that player,he needs some more time wth real madrid

  • Red Dev - 2010-04-12 16:14

    Some of the comments posted on this forum beggars belief in their stupidity . Of course Messi is world-class at the moment , he is part of a team that has been playing together week in week out for a few years now and they have won everything there is to win so their confidence is sky-high as a team . Messi is an out and out striker whilst Ronaldo is actually a winger with an eye for scoring goals . Cristiano Ronaldo won World Player of the Year whilst plying his trade in the toughest most physical league in world football - this takes some doing and he was the only player to do so in a long long time . Barca do play some amazing football ( when they have the ball on the ground ), but against a team that plays physical route one football and is able to retain the ball would Barca fare as well ? No , witness their defeats in LaLiga against such teams . Barca''s players thrive on conning the ref in European games ( examples are their games against Arsenal and Chelsea where Messi got Del Horno sent off ) because European referees award free-kicks pretty easily. Barca would never survive playing in the Premier League week in and week out and neither would their players . Eto'o seems unable to replicate the form at Inter that he displayed at Barca ( first season in a new team under a new manager ) and similarly if you remove Messi from his comfort zone ie Barcelona and put him into Arsenal , Chelsea , Liverpool or United let's see what happens . Opposition defenders will very quickly lay down a marker and after a few crunching tackles he will very quickly start to complain about rough treatment . Similarly Ronaldo is at a team that has been disfunctional for a long while now and will most probably only gel next season if their manager is given time . Yeah Messi is good but let's see him perform at the SWC before he is crowned greatest player of his generation .

  • Winner - 2010-04-12 16:18

    Messi shined because RM coach did not place a man on top of him. Watch as Mourinho's Inter will make look Messi useless - Ronaldo is, by far, a better player than Messi. Can Messi cross? Can Messi head a ball? Can Messi score regularly from free kicks?

  • observer - 2010-04-12 16:23

    i dont like people who make comments without knowing what they are saying. CR9 went to madrid with an injury and started the seasn late, he scored in 5 consectutive games from injury. he has scored 15 goals already this season but has not played in most of madrids games due to injury and suspensions. for me for CR9 to move to spain and still get more than 15goals with 6 games left is no mean achievement. Let Messi go to england and lets see if he can replicate his form, till then messi is as good as ronaldo

  • ray - 2010-04-12 16:51


  • BrenGunner - 2010-04-12 16:52

    Funny...CR9 ,scores over 40 goals at man united,currently got 18 goals in 22 games at madrid...and they booing him,i just wonder what more he must do,he's doing his job,he's scoring,another point before madrid exit the c.league,he was top with 7 seriously,what is he doing wrong?and this being in his first just waiting for when the haters starts eating comments,cause love him or hate him...CR9 can play

  • Chelsea4life - 2010-04-12 17:10

    Lionel Messi is the Highest Paid Player in the world................therefore you cannot expect CR9 who earns far less than Messi to be a better player...simple logic tells you that...............besides messi can breakdown any line of defense (Except Chelsea's) whereas Ronaldo has his took him 5 - 8 good years to be a world best player, whereas it took Messi only 3

  • Dez-fcb - 2010-04-12 21:22

    The thing peopl tend to overlook is CR9 and Leo have two contrasting styles of play. Yes Messi is singin all the notes, but thats because he has an exceptional orchestra to back him up, of which Cr9 is not getting. Messi is the best in the world , but Cr9 is right up there next to him

  • smersh - 2010-04-13 00:34

    Messi plays soccer...Ronaldo plays prima donna Alex Ferguson sold him at the right time

  • Ronnie "Shibobo" - 2010-04-13 01:00

    ray you must be smoking your socks you are the only one missing ronaldo rel madrid wasted there money he should have stayed at man utd he got a bighead now messi made him to come down to earth ferguson must never take him back

  • Themba - 2010-04-13 08:34

    The best player in the world today is Barcelona `s number 6 Xavi. He is always underated but does all the donkey work on the field.

  • Sergio Batista - 2010-04-13 08:35

    Man U made Ronaldo , Real destroyed him.

  • ABMU - 2010-04-13 08:53

    The only thing missing in Ronaldo's game is a swimming pool. Nevertheless, his diving continues undeterred.