Cristiano Ronaldo is a man who has set high standards upon himself, is not accustomed to failure and never wants to come out second best from any competitiont as he ages the Juventus man is inevitably watching his lofty status within the world of football come crashing down around him resulting in outbursts both at training, during matches and no shows.
Firstly, the 34-year-old was conspicuous by his absence from the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday evening, to his great rival Lionel Messi won his sixth title – taking him one ahead of the Portuguese.
This week at training Ronaldo lost his temper after messing up a rondo drill with fellow teammates that saw him smash 3 balls in the air in frustration.
Then came Wednesday night where Ronaldo roughed up and strongly shoved away a selfie seeking pitch invader who had approached him from behind following Juventus’ 2-0 win over Bayern Leverkusen in Germany.
In the match, Ronaldo scored his second Champions League goal of the season for Juve who were already sure of top spot in Group D and a spot in the last 16.
Ronaldo tapped in Paulo Dybala low cross for a record-extending 128th goal in the competition.
Last month in the game against AC Milan, Ronaldo reacted angrily at being substituted as he went straight down the tunnel and muttered some words to coach Maurizio Sarri.
Reports coming through is that he actually left the stadium before the game had concluded inviting scrutiny from Italian football authorities with regards to their anti doping policy.
Reports suggested that Ronaldo called manager Sarri, a “son of a whore” before storming down the tunnel to the changing rooms.
It becomes part of a series of incidences that have come to define Ronaldo’s latest behaviour showing growing frustration at not keeping his game at the top and not scoring goals or winning awards he thinks he is supposed to.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister, Katia Aveiro on the other hand had an angry Instagram verbal rant and scathing attack on Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk for a joke that the Dutchman threw at the Ballon D’or ceremony in Paris.
Many however believe that though it was his sister’s account, it was Ronaldo who actually wrote the damning post belittling the Liverpool man’s achievements in world football.
By Gerald Dandah