Cristiano Ronaldo must return to Manchester United.
When Sir Alex Ferguson signed an 18 year old Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003, it seemed like an average signing. Ronaldo would later develop his skills and go on to become a legend at United. He went from being a flashy showboat into one of the Premier League’s most feared players. He would grow physically, expanding his muscle and athleticism. He could use both feet, he was quick, he could head the ball, he had a thunderous right foot, and he was a game-changer for Manchester. He struck fear into the hearts of opposing full backs. He would eventually torture them with an enhanced goal-scoring ability.
Ronaldo would go on to join his dream club Real Madrid in 2009 for a world record £80 million. He’s scored more than 200 goals to become Real Madrid’s number 6 all time goal scorer, in just four seasons with the club. Although he’s been breaking records with Madrid, it’s clear that Ronaldo hasn’t been the same since he left Manchester. Has he been a great player? Absolutely. But he seems to be missing the ‘umph’ he had while playing for United.
The biggest reason why Ronaldo must return to Manchester is his trophy cabinet. Well, maybe not his trophy cabinet, but the emptiness inside of it. With Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has won just 3 trophies: La Liga, Copa Del Rey, and Super Copa De España. While with the Red Devils, Ronaldo managed to win 9 trophies, including individual merits like the Barclays Player Of The Year, PFA Young Player OF The Year, and the Ballon d’Or. Ronaldo has scored ore goals for Real Madrid, but I’m sure that any player would rather win trophies than set individual records if it meant going through a trophy-less season.
Ronaldo calls Sir Alex Ferguson is “father” and although he may not be the manager of Manchester United, Ferguson still has a position at the club. To this day, Manchester United supporters still sing Ronaldo’s name in the stands. He is a legend in Manchester, a respected member of United’s history.
Cristiano Ronaldo needs to return home to Manchester United. Once he does that, we will truly see him at his best. Home is where the heart is, and his heart beats in Manchester.
Landon Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra have no hope of playing for the United States Men’s National Team. At least until the Gold Cup in July.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s decision to leave out two national team leaders in Donovan and Bocanegra has angered US fans. And believe me, I understand your pain. I too was upset at Klinsmann over his choice to leave two legends put of the team. But then I started thinking…
Klinsmann’s goal is to bring the USMNT in a new direction. The only way he can do that is by giving other players a shot, who wouldn’t have had a chance before. Addition by subtraction. This national team is in a transitional period where they must develop a playing style, while growing chemistry between the young players. Every team must go through this phase at some point. No exceptions.
Yes, the team does lose leadership and experience, but so far, the US sits in second place in World Cup Qualifying – good enough to make the World Cup. Right now, Klinsmann’s job is to qualify for next year’s World Cup. If the team can get there without Landon Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra, great. If they can’t, the Jürgen Klinsmann will have some explaining to do.
Now that the football season has ended, Chelsea has quite the task on their hands, as they have four quality strikers on their team who are able to perform on the pitch whenever necessary. With a quadruple attack of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou, and Fernando Torres, Chelsea simply cannot consistently give quality minutes to all of the aforementioned strikers. Drogba and Anelka are the veterans of the four attackers, and could possible be shown the door this summer, during the transfer window. Fernando Torres is certainly a name to see on Chelsea’s roster for the next few years, especially after his €95m transfer to the club in January, which is currently the highest paid contract in club history.
Drogba and Anelka may be the senior strikers, but their effectivity cannot be brushed to the side. Didier Drogba seemed to be unaffected by age this past season, and is arguably a top 10 player in the world today. After winning both the League Cup and the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2007, Drogba has become a favorite with supporters, and had the veteran experience and leadership to direct the likes of Torres and Kalou. Nicolas Anelka is a lightning quick offensive player, and is known for his well poised World Cup performances with France, before he retired from international competition after last year’s World Cup in June. Anelka’s overwhelming speed and laser-like precision can give the best goalkeepers nightmares, and whenever he isn’t taking shots on goal, he also too great of a ball distributer to simply cast off from a team.
Age seems to be the major theme at Chelsea, because once they decide on what to do with their four world class goal scorers, the must decide what to do with their defense, which includes an aging John Terry, who could be considering retirement within the next few seasons. Chelsea is attempting to become a younger team, and their interest in young talent such as Romelu Lukaku, Luka Modric, and Neymar are citable pieces of evidence which support that theory. Chelsea will be an exciting team to watch this summer, as the transfer speculation continues on.