Euro 2012 has kicked off, and after a disappointment with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to the Euro for international glory. However if Portugal’s first match v Germany is anything to go by, it’s likely to stay a dream.
The questionable Portugal side lost their first match 1-0, which left their captain Ronaldo ripping his armband off and making his solitary way down the tunnel. Clearly it will take more than adoring fans and a game of partypoker to cheer him up.
Regrettably the German side’s defence was so strong, that they shut down the attempts of the worlds most expensive player, making a fool of him. Speaking after the match Ronaldo said: “No games go perfectly. I’d have liked to have had more possession but it just wasn’t possible.”
His rage was understandable, as the former Manchester United star was unable to set up an equaliser. Of course he had a few good moments early on in the match. He set up at least three shots at the goal, but sadly other players in the team did not manage to take the opportunity.
Ronaldo first came to the world’s attention in Euro 2004, which is where he began to really shine in his career, and be seen as an eventual replacement for Luiz Figo. And what with Portugal reaching the semi-finals of the world cup in 2006, a lot is expected of the team and their star. However most of his success hasn’t been playing for his home country. His Manchester United and Real Madrid careers have been the stand out.
Will Ronaldo be able to reign his temper in long enough to help whip the Portuguese side into shape for the next match? We’ll have to wait and see.