Monday, September 25, 2006

European spotlight to shine on Ronaldo...

On Tuesday United return to the Estádio da Luz, the home of Benfica and perhaps better known as 'The Stadium Of Light' where United fans will be hoping that the reds make up for last seasons huge disappointment of finishing bottom of the group and being knocked out of the Champions League.

One player who will be relishing this particular game is Cristiano Ronaldo, who of course is returning to his native country, though in fact, he was born and lived on the island of Madeira.

During Ronaldo's early career with Lisbon's other big Sporting Lisbon, Ronaldo was often the brunt of the jokes, because of his thick Madeiran accent. The mickey taking hasn't really stopped as far as the Benfica fans are concerned, as Ronaldo was substituted for United against the Portuguese outfit last season.

Ronaldo has had a difficult time over the last 13 month's, his father passed away last August and of course Cristiano is currently the victim of a hate campaign launched by English fans up and down the country for his part in the Wayne Rooney sending off during the World Cup match between England and Portugal this summer. As if all this wasn't enough, Ronaldo had to return home recently to visit his sick mother.

This week Ronaldo and United fans will be hoping that the winger leads United to victory and in doing so helps put the club well on the road to the knock-out stage of the Champions League.

AS far as Ronaldo will be concerned, there's no better place to shine this week than The Stadium of Light. United fans will be hoping that Ronaldo has the last laugh this time, because he's had a rotten time of it and I for one hope that the lad lets his feet do the talking and shows the rest of Europe and English fans just what a great talent he is.

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