I Was Too Quick to create Off Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo, Again!

I Was Too Quick to create Off Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo, Again!

By Terry Baddoo

Lionel Messi got hurt. Cristiano Ronaldo was firing blanks. Armageddon was here.

The beginning of a few days would be a naysayer’s dream in media, as pundits and numerous columnists forecast a time of gloom for Spanish soccer’s elite.

Being an editor once explained – only half jokingly, I believe – great news isn’t any news whatsoever. However in fairness to individuals compensated to intensify the negative, unhealthy luck afflicting La Liga’s marquee men seemed to be reason to be concerned among Cules and Madridistas alike.

Inside a league perhaps more determined by its greatest stars than any in soccer, the idea of the Barcelona and Real Madrid figureheads missing for action, literally or figuratively speaking, might not have been the crisis some portrayed it as being, however it certainly discontinued script for Luis Enrique and Rafael Benitez.

However, within the words of ailing British soccer legend, Jimmy Greaves, “football is really a funny old game.” Within 24 hrs, the storm in every particular tea cup had subsided to get replaced with a wave of optimism.

First, while Messi-less Barcelona spluttered in early stages in your own home to Bayer Leverkusen within the Champions League normal service was eventually started again using the Blaugrana drained 2-1 winners. And why did anybody doubt that might be the situation? In the end, strength thorough is paramount to the team’s supremacy, even though la Pulga is clearly a distinctive player within the good reputation for the sport, the concept that Barca would collapse like Arjen Robben within the field because of the temporary lack of one man surely only existed inside a headline-authors fantasy.

Yes, Leo’s magic wand was missed and will also be missed, but any club boasting the creative talents of Neymar, Suarez and also the rest must have pixie dust to spare.

The doubters were also in pressure within the scoring drought of Cristiano Ronaldo. The stats, 5 goals in a single game, no goals within the rest, spoke on their own and, with some gloating, there have been even whispers that, at 30, this may be the start of the finish for CR7’s glory days.

But simply like individuals who forecast bad occasions for Bar?a, the truth got when it comes to the speculation. Ronaldo’s brace against Malmo required his career tally to 501 top flight goals for club and country and introduced him level with Raul just as real Madrid’s all-time top scorer with 323 in under half the amount of games. What’s Portuguese for “How d’you like them apples?”

Now, obviously, the “crisis” isn’t entirely over. Messi continues to have a couple of days of recovery in front of him and Ronaldo’s barren spell still needs to be addressed around the domestic front. But possibly, having seen Bar?a and Ronnie rise towards the challenge in Europe individuals compensated to create mountain tops from molehills is a little docile within their judgment… well, a minimum of for any couple of days.



One Comment

  1. reckless-man

    I think that people just become numb to the harassment when playing online. I know that when I fi1t started playing games as a young kid I would at times become absolutely infuriated at the game to the point of breaking mice and controlle1. I was getting ‘trolled’ because of these reactio1.nIt ended up becoming fun to get people to illicit the same reaction that I myself would give. After a while I realized that it didn’t matter and just played to have fun regardless of how well I was doing in a game. This didn’t stop me from enjoying trolling othe1 in games. Corpse humping in a FPS or body camping in MMOs was something that brought me joy and still does bring me joy. Even still when it happe1 to me I no longer get angry and i1tead treat it as a game in and of itself to get revenge or simply get away with my virtual life.nI really don’t see myself actively trying to change my behavior online and will likely continue to troll othe1 in a non-treating way even if it causes people to threaten me. The anonymity that exists allows me to troll and not worry about what people say to me because of the trolling. I get death threats and respond with ‘u mad bro?’ which often pushes people to say that they are going to find me IRL and take me out. This is just like what the devs are getting but they are not afforded the same anonymity that I am. They are public facing entities with everything to lose while I am a faceless nameless avatar that can do what I please and not have to worry about the threats I receive.nI even have to disagree with the statement that you should ‘never befriend the bully’ some of my best online friends that I have become friends with on facebook and openly share my contact information with were once the people who made me so angry. We all grew up and while we still love to throw jabs at each other we know that it is in good fun and enjoy the banter.

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