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Portugal's Dependence on Christiano Ronaldo

Portugal's Dependence on Christiano Ronaldo
The brilliance of Christiano Ronaldo and his importance to Portugal is blessing that the nation would never pray for it to end. In their qualifying match against Andorra, having being left on the bench by their coach Fernado Santos, Portugal found it difficult to break down the defense of Andorra in the first half.

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But during the second and a substitution was made and C. Ronaldo brought into play, with the risk of having him suspended for their match against Switzerland should he get a yellow in the match, it only took him 17 minutes to score which enabled them secure a 2-0 win over Andorra.

Comments

Marvadaum
I know that feeling because I feel the same way regarding Brazil and Neymar. Historically Brazil has always been a great team and added some great names to the Soccer hall of fame Still it seems that nowadays the only player that truly matters here is him. It's like the team doesn't exist without him
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-15-2017
Heatman
It's definitely crazy when an entire football career of a nation is being carried on the shoulders of just one man and to look and see that he doesn't disappoint makes you wonder how good he is, but we all know that already with him being the current world best player and still looking to pick up the next award lining up.
Posted by Heatman on 10-15-2017
hermessantos
I'm Brazilian too and I have the same opinion as you! It seems that the Brazilian team is only summed up in Neymar. Honestly, I stopped cheering for Brazil from the time we had Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho Gaucho. I understand that Neymar is good at playing, but he's not all that the media says. A selection can not depend only on one player ever. We saw that in the last cup and I hope we learned the lesson.
Posted by hermessantos on 10-18-2017
Mehano
I agree that Portugal is truly dependant on Ronaldo. Not that their team is bad because they do have high-quality players but for some reason they just need him. Perhaps he also fills them with motivation? I have no clue but whenever he's playing he delivers what everybody wants to see - the goals. For me personally, he is currently the best player in the world and I am not surprised that he managed to get Portugal the needed win.
Posted by Mehano on 10-15-2017
Heatman
The charisma of Christiano Ronaldo is a major thing that actually drives the team Portugal to play as if their lives depends on the the football. The same thing is applicable to Real Madrid his playing club side. At the beginning of season, he got handed 5 match ban for shoving the ref and in all those five games Real Madrid played without him, they really found it hard to win without him.
Posted by Heatman on 10-15-2017
wiseagent
Unfortunately yes, but the fault is not of the team... But of who is behind this plan. More than playing together, a team must act together and not depend on just one player. I mean: What is the purpose of this within a team? Each player has a specific skill and all of them should be explored in an egalitarian way (as far as possible).
Posted by wiseagent on 10-15-2017
Heatman
I really don't think it's about not playing together or the plan not to play together, it's probably the belief and mind set of the players, they feel confident with him in the squad and it really makes them play well. C. Ronaldo has tried to pass the torch to Benardo Silva as the appearnt heir to their football culture after him but the team still depend and crave more for him than any other players.
Posted by Heatman on 10-15-2017
kingcool52
I don't think that they depend on him too much all the time. Think about the Euros 2016 Final. Portugal still managed to beat a massive team (France) to win the trophy and they didn't have Christiano Ronaldo for almost the whole match. In the end, they won thanks to the sub that was brought on to replace the injured Ronaldo. Of course, sometimes they just cannot beat the other team so will rely on him a bit just like a lot of other teams rely on their star players like Argentina with Messi.
Posted by kingcool52 on 10-15-2017
Heatman
When you practically depend on someone 95 percent of your time and association with him in all things, is it when the bring the 5% equation and variable remaining that would say that you don't depend on such person completely? Now talking about the Euros 2016 final, he was injured with a very nasty knee twist, but he got it patched up 3 times and tried playing through the pain, tell me who you ever remembers that have done that? But his knee couldn't allow him to continue, and still, he never stopped as he was practically standing on the touch line with their coach Fernado Santos until the final whistle. Eder the winning goal scorer said after the match that C. Ronaldo told him right before he was brought on in the game that he was going to score, that was absolutely a pure motivational speech at work.
Posted by Heatman on 10-15-2017
Tania997
Portugal couldn't live without Ronaldo. Not because they're a bad team, they have a lot of good players. But Ronaldo is not a good player. He is one of the best and can turn the tables pretty quickly when he's at his best. Without him Portugal is just a good team, not a great one.
Posted by Tania997 on 10-15-2017
Heatman
You are definitely correct with that assertion, Portugal is just a good team without C. Ronaldo but once they are with him, they are practically a great team to reckon with. C. Ronaldo has offered to Portugal what I really and seriously doubt if any player else can bring to the table. And he is still doing it and hopefully he would have a good-fine run in Russia 2018 World Cup.
Posted by Heatman on 10-15-2017
babyright
Portugal are depending on C. Ronaldo just like Argentina also depend on Messi to see them through in tough situation during football matches for their respective countries, it is good but when they retire they will have the effect of missing them till they get a good replacement for them.
Posted by babyright on 10-15-2017
Heatman
Exactly right, just as Portugal is relying on C. Ronaldo to deliver for them in almost all of their footballing encounter, the same thing is applicable to Argentina's dependence on L. Messi to deliver for them. This almost cost Argentina from qualifying for the Russia 2018 World Cup because L. Messi wasn't in good form for them until the last minute match where he scored a hat-trick and thereby sending their Country to the world Cup.
Posted by Heatman on 10-15-2017
cubo
Of course, Portugal team depends on Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal team was not considered as a dangerous team until CR7 appeared on the player's list. Portugal has had good players before but no one like CR7, he has won 4 Ballon d'Or and I think he is going to win it again this year.
Posted by cubo on 10-15-2017
Heatman
Of course yes, there is no competition for him in ur up coming Ballon d'Or because he has had one of the best season of his career so far and especially with winning both to Euro 2016 and winning the UEFA Champions League tournament trophy back to back. This actually have given him an edge over all other players.
Posted by Heatman on 10-15-2017
vinaya
I don't see any wrong on this. Ronaldo is a brilliant player for Portugal, and it is nothing wrong when the country is trying to make him a goal machine. Football is not a one-man show, however, the team wins because of one man. A goalkeeper may be brillian, the midfielder may be brilliant, however, if there is no striker the team will never win.
Posted by vinaya on 10-15-2017
Heatman
I love your analysis of how important some players are more than others in a time and I really know that you are an Argentina fan and probably L. Messi lover, I believe that you agree the same with the importance of a particularly player in a team, even though football is not a one man show, but the one man involvement can determine the progress of the entire team.
Posted by Heatman on 10-15-2017
muaaz.93
Portugal's over-reliance on Cristiano Ronaldo will hold them back. We'll this was said by Maradona in the last year's Euro cup. Well if you guys don't remember that Portugal won the Euro cup from the star studded French team last year. In addition to that Ronaldo was injured in the final. Yes Portugal couldn't have reached the finals without him but its a game where 11 people come on the ground to motivate each other and play together. One man can't control the whole game.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 10-15-2017
Heatman
Well he actually did in the final, even after having been subbed off as a result of injury, he had to switch roles of being a player to a sideline instructor. Most of his teammates said right after the match, that seeing him on the sideline gave them all the motivation they need to win the game and they did.
Posted by Heatman on 10-15-2017
lovely
The same way a person. is needed in other field of endeavour to keep things going smoothly is the same way the Portuguese team believe that with Ronaldo their team is safe. They see him as the strength, backbone and the live wire of the team.I believe so because he is a very potent striker and he has always done a good job with the team.
Posted by lovely on 10-15-2017
Heatman
Well, to be of the opinion that Portugal over dependence on Christiano Ronaldo would cost them is not entirely wrong but it's still the same thing with Argentina and L. Messi, so before Deigo Maradona should start with his Witch Hunt, he should talk about his country Argentina and L. Messi who hasn't been prolific like C. Ronaldo has been for Portugal.
Posted by Heatman on 10-15-2017
jayken
I think Ronaldo give his best in that game. And they wont afford losing him. He can do a something you wouldn't expect. A very talented guy and he really love his nation and his game.
Posted by jayken on 10-16-2017
Heatman
Yes of course, C. Ronaldo has been like a God to the Portugal football team. In 95 percent of all their matches, it's always him that comes to the rescue of the team. He practically did it against Andorra, scoring was appearing to be out of reach for Portugal until he was decided to be brought on by their coach Fernado Santos and he paid back the trust in just 17 minutes. The guy is truly exceptional and a priceless gift to Portugal.
Posted by Heatman on 10-16-2017
Barida
I think Ronaldo is like a god in Portugal whenever football is being mentioned. I mean the love he has got for his country, as well as the love reciprocated by his countrymen, is second to none. I enjoyed watching that match and was glad to see him enter and get the opening. I'm wishing the team the best of luck in the coming FIFA World Cup in Brazil. All the best to him in his quest to make the difference.
Posted by Barida on 10-16-2017
Heatman
Exactly my point to @jayken, I wrote to her and quote that "Christiano Ronaldo has been like a God to the Portugal football team. In 95 percent of all their matches, it's always him that comes to the rescue of the team. He practically did it against Andorra, scoring was appearing to be out of reach for Portugal until he was decided to be brought on by their coach Fernado Santos and he paid back the trust in just 17 minutes. The guy is truly exceptional and a priceless gift to Portugal".

I'm truly trying to picture Portugal without C. Ronaldo in the team, and I'm seeing a very difficult time to be facing the Portugal national team, hopefully they would have another player as talented as their ace man C. Ronaldo to pull up and save their skin in tough matches.
Posted by Heatman on 10-16-2017
hermessantos
To get an idea of Cristiano Ronaldo's dependence on Portugal's national team, it is enough to be absent from the games to see the result. Unfortunately the team is dependent on him just as Brazil is dependent on Neymar and Messi's Argentina.
Posted by hermessantos on 10-18-2017
Heatman
Exactly, the team and the entire country depends on those guys to have a good performance in any or most matches that they play. It's even clear that Argentina almost missed out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia but L. Messi single handedly scored a hat-trick in last qualifying group stage match, which made them qualify for the World Cup in Russia 2018.
Posted by Heatman on 10-19-2017