Now is the winter of Cristiano Ronaldo’s discontent. And it’s still Summer. (It’s been an especially inglorious one, too; match times in Madrid have had to be pushed back to 11 PM to avoid the oppressive, hanging heat of Spain in August.)
Ronaldo has expressed said discontent over… well, over nothing, apparently. He’s just been scoring and kicking the dirt and scoring more, while refusing to smile (it doesn’t count unless you delight the crowd, everybody knows that) and setting adrift vague statements about what others already know in la capital.
Ronaldo’s sadness has drawn some public ire for being a bit insensitive, considering the economic situation of his supporters (Occupy Wall Street was New York’s version of the Plaza del Sol demonstrations, it must be pointed out), but he has assured everyone that it’s not about the money, tweeting: “That I am feeling sad and have expressed this sadness has created a huge stir. I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case.”
So if it’s not about the money, then what is there to be sad about? I mean, losing to Getafe in front of a crowd worthy of a high-school scrimmage is enough to sour one’s mood temporarily, but the season is still young (and so is Cristiano, relatively, at 27 years of age). So what’s with the public display of tristeza?
Weirdly (or embarrassingly for them), his teammates have come to his defense, with Alvaro Arbeloa attempting to put out the fire by assuring the sulking striker in an open letter, of sorts: “He just needs more affection from everybody, I don’t know, that’s all we can give him.”
Gag me. What he needs is most certainly not more affection from everybody. What he needs is for José Mourinho to bench him, so that maybe he’ll learn the valuable lesson that the entire system at Madrid is (surprise!) not built around Cristiano Ronaldo. They may in fact do better without him for a while; it’s not like they have the most intense of schedules. So cheer up, Cristiano, Fall is coming soon, you could be playing for any other team in La Liga.