Monday, April 23, 2007

Ronaldo scoops double award...

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named both PFA Player Of The Year and PFA Young Player The Year and in doing so becomes the first player since Andy Gray won both awards in 1977. It's a remarkable turnaround for a player who was vilified by the media and many fans during the World Cup because of that spat with team-mate Wayne Rooney, but for that incident Ronaldo would have won the best player of the last World Cup award too.

It's worth noting that even some Manchester United supporters hadn't fully taken to player up and until this season and following the Rooney row, some were livid with the player, but there's none so blind as those who cannot see. Lads, don't believe everything you hear on tv and in the press...

Credit must go to Fergie for doing his utmost to retain the player who has had several opportunities to have left United, but unlike some blinkered fans Ferguson knew it was vital to keep Ronaldo at all costs, without him this season United wouldn't be top of the league and no mistake.

Also remember that Ronaldo has recently lost his father, so it's been an emotional roller coaster for him. Added to which reports suggest the player had to tell his agent he wanted to stay at United and sign that new contract rather than move to Real Madrid.

Ronaldo is a throwback to United's golden age of entertainers when fans would turn up just to see Best, Law and Charlton. These days like back then rival fans up and down the land will always look at the opposition team sheet on matchdays in the hope that Ronaldo will not face their team for fear he might run them ragged, but secretly deep down they do want to see him play just as fans did with Best, Law and Charlton. As team-mate Patrice Evra said recently 'the best way to stop Ronaldo is to kill him'...a bit over the top, but you do get the point.

Ronaldo also paid tribute to his team-mates because despite his brilliance the Reds are no one man team, but having the best player in the world certainly helps.

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