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Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to quit football when he was a child prodigy because he was mocked over his accent as an academy youngster.

He told Champions magazine he was crying to his mother on the phone and begging to return to his island home of Madeira in Portugal.

Ronaldo, who was 12 when he left for Sporting Lisbon, said: "As soon as I opened my mouth, they immediately started laughing and mocking. I was traumatised. I felt like a clown. I cried with shame.

"I called my mother saying I could not stand it, that the other kids were making fun of me and that I wanted to return home. Today, I am very proud of my accent. I find it striking." :( :(
 

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf - Ronaldo Pays The Price

The Boy Who Cried Wolf - Ronaldo Pays The Price

When thinking of Ronaldo, the boy who cried wolf springs to mind. When he
joined the club as a skinny teenager, he brought his European tactics of diving
along with him. Don’t get me wrong, I am not for one moment suggesting that
diving is a foreign activity to English players (eh, Stevie Me? Joe Cole? Etc.), but
Ronaldo was far more obvious with it, therefore, far more irritating to the fans,
our own and rivals alike. He might have been fouled, or there might have been
no contact at all, but it wouldn’t stop Ronaldo from falling in such a dramatic way,
that at times, left us as United fans rather embarrassed.

The summer before last, when watching United’s pre-season tour in Asia, it
noticed that Ronaldo had really bulked up. He didn’t look like the waif of a
teenage winger we’d had before, but rather a strong looking man. His shoulders
were much broader and he was carrying extra muscle. He had been transformed,
both physically, and mentally as well. This pre-season tour followed the
World Cup in which Ronaldo had been singled out as the reason why England
had been knocked out. He was being abused in the street, the homes of his
relatives as well as his own were vandalised, and he wasn’t far away from
upping and leaving for the sunshine and hassle-free life Spain offered him.

Ronaldo started the season the most hated man in England, booed every time his
name on the team sheet was read out, and every time he even got close to the
ball. This period in Ronaldo’s life was the best thing that could have happened for
United. The transformation was complete. Ronaldo was bigger and tougher,
Ronaldo was not only physically more able to stay on his feet, but consciously
made an effort to do so, Ronaldo was kicked from pillar to post in every match he
played, but kept his cool and gave everything he could, and thanks to our booing
and whistling rivals fans, Ronaldo now had a point to prove and motivation to do
so…Ronaldo was becoming one of the greatest players in the World.

Sir Alex Ferguson has time and again called for better protection from the
referees, who seem to waft away far too many fouls when Ronaldo is the victim.
It is by pure good fortune that we have yet to lose him to a serious injury when
considering how many times he is fouled in a game. The opposition fans urge for
their players to foul him and cheer when they do so. The player who sticks it to
Ronaldo is celebrated by their fans, and the referees do too little to stop it.


Yesterday, as we sat watching our team effortlessly brush aside Fulham, who
looked to be defeated before a kick of the ball, Ronaldo shone all over the field.
Ronaldo has now scored thirteen goals in sixteen games, which is
remarkable for any player, let alone a winger. Before last night, he had scored
two goals a game on three occasions this season, desperately seeking the
United hatrick which has eluded him so far.

With ten minutes to go last night, it appeared as though Ronaldo was finally
going to get his wish, as he went to take the ball around Fulham keeper Niemi,
who had flown prematurely out of his goal. The keeper dived to the ground
getting nothing on the ball, forcing Ronaldo to jump over him, falling to the
ground. The referee waved play on. Every person in the stadium could see it was
a penalty, apart from the men that counted, the linesman who had a shocking
game. As United fans jumped from the seats, assuming the only decision the
referee could make was to point to the spot, we were fuming when the referee
pulled out the yellow card to book Ronaldo for diving. Isn’t Styles the big man,
the celebrity, denying United a penalty in front of the Stretford End ?

Ferguson was also left fuming over the decision, although it matter little,
considering the three points were in the bag “The penalty kick incident is a result
of perceived idea of the referee that Ronaldo dives,” said Ferguson. “In fairness
to the referee Niemi got him booked. Why would he dive? He’s on a hat-trick. It
was a ridiculous decision".

Frank Stapleton makes the obvious argument. Why would Ronaldo dive to win a
penalty, when if clearing the goalkpeer, he had an open net to score in? “It was
a definite penalty. From where I was sat in the ground, the player knocked the
ball past the goalkeeper and went round him. There was no point in diving to
the ground as he was putting the ball into an empty net. There wasn’t a Fulham
defender close by and there was contact. The goalkeeper couldn’t really get out
of the way, but I think the referee made a mistake. It’s a pity because I think
Ronaldo has taken diving out of his game now. When he first came into the
Premier League he went down very easily because that was part of his culture
in Portugal. But now he’s a much more mature player. That was a guaranteed
hat-trick for him because even if you win the penalty, you can’t be sure that
you’ll score. So I think it was a very harsh decision.”

However, this isn’t the first time United have been denied a stonewall penalty at
Old Trafford this season, despite the myths surrounding our ground. Whilst of
course no bitter takes in to account we’ve been the most successful attacking
team over the past fifteen years, so simple probability suggest we’ll win more
penalties than most teams, we have had our fair share of softer penalties during
the latest golden period. However, since the big hoo-hah has kicked off over
refereeing decisions at Old Trafford in the past few years, it appears as though
referees enjoy waving away perfectly reasonable penalty claims. They love
being the centre of attention, proving that not all referees buy in to the magic of
the Theatre of Dreams, and they won’t be swayed by our 76,000 crowd. The fact
they are failing to make the correct decision and award us the penalty for a foul
seems to pass them by.

Before Mike Dean lost the plot when refereeing the game between us and
Chelsea at Old Trafford this year, Patrice Evra was denied a stone wall penalty
after Joe Cole took him out (the player who was guilty of two red card offences
that day, but managed to leave the field at the end of the match with just a
yellow). The Independent comments on Dean’s “erratic decision” in failing to
award us a penalty for Cole’s “crude foul” on Evra. Less than twenty minutes had
been played, and Dean just didn’t have the bottle to become another statistic,
knowing if he awarded that penalty in front of the Stretford End, with just over
fifteen minutes played, he would also have to send Joe Cole off. He just didn’t
have the nerve. It was his inability to make this decision which likely lead to the
fuss that followed, sending off Mikel, failing to send off Joe Cole a second time for
a awful foul on Ronaldo etc. He was performing a balancing act between wrong
decision after wrong decision. If only he was man enough to give that penalty on
seventeen minutes, he might have seen a more favourable write-up of his
performance the following day in the press.

Michael Brown, remember him? The thug who stamped on Giggsy on the opening
day of last season and got away with just a yellow card? Well now playing for
Wigan, he should have seen his side concede a penalty after just four minutes
earlier this season. He simply barged Ronaldo over in the box, making no effort
to go for the ball. Who didn’t have the balls this time? Our old friendly Mike
Riley. “Referee Mike Riley’s inexplicable decision not to award Ronaldo an early
penalty, when he collected the rebound and was instantly bundled over by
Michael Brown, was also significant,” said Sky Sports. “Ronaldo gathered up the
loose ball and looked to be clearly fouled by Michael Brown, but referee Mike Riley
waved play on,” said the BBC. It was The Independent who I believe phrased it
best, saying that Ronaldo “is now suffering like the boy who cried wolf – or in his
case “penalty” – being denied legitimate appeals because of his reputation.

Ronaldo is the constant victim, after being wrongly framed as England’s World exit
villain, coupled with the judgement he receives based on how he played as a
boy, rather than how he actually players now, as a man. People who watch
United week in week out, our fans, can see the difference in the player. Bitters
and WUMs still harp on about his diving ways, but all you have to do is watch the
player to see that he has virtually cut it out of his game. He can still be guilty of
going down to ground too easily at times, but with foul after foul being waved
on, I don’t begrudge him the decision to go down under a weaker foul, in hope
that finally the ref will give him a break. He is certainly not alone in that regard,
and you can point the finger at nearly every Premiership player for that.

Ronaldo appears to continue to go on from strength to strength, and is now the
joint highest scorer in the league (despite the three match ban he faced for a red
card against Pompey). I can only praise his attitude on the pitch, rarely reacting
despite being the constant focus of rival antagonism and referee unfairness. But
it’s about time he was cut some slack, and referees grew some balls, allowing
themselves to award Ronaldo a penalty without fear of the fierce media reaction
they anticipate. Until then, Ronaldo is going to have to keep on with what he
does best, playing the game, and hopefully sooner rather than later he’ll get his
deserved hatrick.www.RoM.org

What do you think? Does Ronaldo still dive or is he not being protected enough
by referees?
 

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I'm not a diver, insists Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he is an honest player after Rob Styles denied him a penalty - and a hat-trick chance - in Monday's win over Fulham.

After scoring both United's goals in their 2-0 win at Old Trafford, Ronaldo was denied an opportunity to complete his first United hat-trick when Styles ruled he dived over Cottagers keeper Antti Niemi as the pair went for Louis Saha's through ball.

Instead of awarding United a penalty, Styles booked Ronaldo for gamesmanship, a decision TV replays later suggested was incorrect.

Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Styles had been 'conned' by Niemi, who correctly asserted he had not touched Ronaldo, covering up the fact he had not touched the ball.

But if the United man had not taken evasive action, he would almost certainly have been flattened.

Ronaldo, runner-up to Kaka in the prestigious Ballon D'Or, was not quite as forceful as his manager, instead insisting it was simply a bad call.

"I try to do my job and I try to play honestly," he said.

"I respect the referee's decision but I do not have the same opinion because I thought it was a penalty.

"If you see the replay, the goalkeeper never touched the ball, so it is frustrating the referee gave me a yellow card."

Ferguson felt Ronaldo had been the victim of a diving tag which was attached to the winger during his early days at United but which has gradually been lost amid his sublime form over the past 18 months.

"His reputation from years ago is still playing on the minds of referees," said the United manager.

"It is quite unfair because he is nothing like that now. He is more mature and a magnificent footballer.

"Why would he want to go down? He was on a hat-trick, he had gone round the keeper and he was brought down. It was a ridiculous decision."

Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez was quick to defend Niemi, although he attempted to side-step the issue over whether Ronaldo had dived or should have been awarded a spot-kick.

"Antti was trying to tell the referee he had not touched Ronaldo - and he hadn't," said Sanchez.

"Maybe if Ronaldo had dragged his feet he would have got a penalty but he didn't, he sprawled over him. Is that a penalty or not? I don't know. But if he had gone straight over the top he probably would have scored."

Nevertheless, Ronaldo's double - his 11th for United - took his tally for the season to 13, just 10 behind last term's incredible total.

It allowed United to jump back into second spot in the Premier League table, three points adrift of leaders Arsenal, who also have a game in hand.

"I said at the start of the season that after finishing so far behind last year Arsenal and Liverpool wouldn't want that again," observed Ferguson, who confirmed both Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand had been forced off after a stomach virus hit the United camp this week.

"We expected improvement from them both. Arsenal are doing very well, Liverpool are winning a few games and Chelsea's form since they lost to us has been very good.

"I think you are going to get that now. It is going to be a real battle for the league."
 

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Ronaldo was a diver when he moved to United but for the most part he has got rid of that side of his game.

Ronaldo strikes me as the type of person who would take a dive to win the FA Cup Final for United in the final minute but would not take a dive if he's about to score a hattrick against Fulham!!!

He has a bad reputation though so sometimes he'll win a penalty/free-kick and sometimes he won't. I think Ronaldo is (statistically) the most fouled player in the Premiership because he runs at players at speed so is easy to bring down...this doesn't mean he'll always go down easily though.
 
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i'm not against ronaldo or anything... but when i see him play it seems to me that he goes down easier than say like rooney or scholes. Maybe its just becuz of him running at full speed ...dunno..
 

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Victimised.
He hasnt dived in months, and months before that. Referees just see him and think diver, its the first thing that comes to there minds.
 

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Ill be the first to admit that the incident pissed me right off. It was a stonewall penalty. fergie came out about Ronnies reputation preceding him etc etc. Ronnie didnt make a huge fuss which was big of him and mature. The main thing is that at least the penalty didnt affect the result.
This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise Im thinking. Now EVERY ref, linesman, person in the country is aware of this happening so next time he will be given the decision for sure.... thats what I think anyway.
 

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Jazz 16 said:
Ill be the first to admit that the incident pissed me right off. It was a stonewall penalty. fergie came out about Ronnies reputation preceding him etc etc. Ronnie didnt make a huge fuss which was big of him and mature. The main thing is that at least the penalty didnt affect the result.
This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise Im thinking. Now EVERY ref, linesman, person in the country is aware of this happening so next time he will be given the decision for sure.... thats what I think anyway.

yes that's true.....especially the poorer refs and linesmen and the inexperienced ones......

It is wrong but it is what will happen.......

Speaking of which...there is nothing worse in sport than when a team is getting trounced and the referee starts to award them frees and decisions for nothing.....

just thought I would get that off my chest.....:)
 

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Victimised.
He hasnt dived in months, and months before that. Referees just see him and think diver, its the first thing that comes to there minds.
i think that why the ref never gave him the penalty in the fulham game.
 

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He's suffering with dive reputation.
And i think the ref. quality today need to be ask.
Not just from Fergie questioning but also other manager also questioning same condition
 

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Ronaldo Huh.....Bloody Ronaldo !

I'm not too happy with him right now.

Ah yes he has scored plenty of goal this season and played some beautiful
football too.

On Monday night he received some harsh treatment - yet again - at the hands of
a referee......and that made me pretty mad too.

Niemi came rushing out of his goal - got nowhere near the ball - and then stuck
his arms up in the air !!

He DID bring Ronaldo down - he SHOULD have been sent off and United should
have then been awarded penalty kick too.

Once again I spent the week defending him too - as the usual crap comes from
the Liverpool supporters and Arse supporters. I always defend him actually.

But then yesterday he lets us all down.

In the 92nd minute - when we lead 3-1 - he runs into the box and a half hearted
attempt at a tackle comes his way.....

So what did he do ?

He left his legs behind and went flying face down along the floor.....a la Steven
Gerrard !!!

Yes fine we won the penalty - and scored another goal we didn't really
need.....and now we the fans have to face the crap about the 'Portugese Diver'.

We'll always love you and defend you Ronnie but don't take the p*** !!!
 

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Yeah Carly i completely agree with you, i was a little put off by his dive last night. Even more so that Tevez didn't take the penalty.

Although it wasn't a total dive, he just created a foul. Still not that sporting. 3-1 would have been a fine scoreline.
 

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lol I was waiting for this thread to start and you pretty much hit the nail on the head Carly. We dont like to see this carry on and cheating. He didnt get the decision on Monday and that probably stuck in his head. At 3-1 up it was unecessary but judging by his celebration he was pumped up all right. Just when he was getting a better reputation he goes and does this. He will find it hard to shift that stigma.
Hopefully he keeps banging in the goals whilst cutting that pathetic diving out of his game.
 

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Tis naughty boi juz deserves a tight slap on his sexy butt! Grow up Ronnie! Get up from ur ass & learn how to stop diving from Wazza! In my sense,he's an almost-perfect professional football player. Minus all the Oscar-winning theatrics,I'm sure he could grab the FIFA World Player of the Year 2007 award from Kaka's hands!
 

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Jazz 16 said:
lol I was waiting for this thread to start and you pretty much hit
the nail on the head Carly. We dont like to see this carry on and cheating. He
didnt get the decision on Monday and that probably stuck in his head. At 3-1 up it
was unecessary but judging by his celebration he was pumped up all right. Just
when he was getting a better reputation he goes and does this. He will find it
hard to shift that stigma.

Hopefully he keeps banging in the goals whilst cutting that pathetic diving out of
his game.
Yes I read plenty books about Sir Matt - and you never saw
ANY of his players EVER do this.


I watch George Best on youtube and sometimes players SMASHED into him and
he carried on - Law, Charlton and all the rest were the same too.....They
sometimes try to break Nobby Stiles legs - but no problem he too carried on and
NO DIVING !!!

Fergie needs to make big moves to sort this boy out because he makes me very
very proud to support United most of the time - and then makes us look fools in
an instant !! :mad:

COME ON FERGIE !!
 

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Do you think it is at all possible, he actually slipped because of the wet pitch....

In anycase, if he did it deliberately, then shame on him.
 

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Well United would have won no matter what against Derby!
Thats not the point though. You are avoiding the issue AG. Doesnt matter what the score was or the circumstances. What he did was wrong and I hope nobody agrees with what he did, because its playacting/cheating and doesnt belong in a mans game.
 
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