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Your Least Favourite World Cup Player

cpr

International Coach
I'm guessing we've not had a favourite player thread because David Silva is a God amongst men?
 

Furball

Evil Scotsman
Cristiano Ronaldo.

Scores one of the worst hat-tricks ever (dive for a penalty, goalkeeping error and scores a free kick at the 7 billionth time of asking) and we get people acting like the Messi vs Ronaldo debate is all of a sudden finally settled.
 

flibbertyjibber

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
In fairness I think Ronaldo is currently a better player than Messi but a few years ago Messi was a far better player than Ronaldo. Credit to Ronaldo that he seems to be keeping the ridiculous level up longer than Messi not that Messi is now poor just not at the same level he once was.

Both players at peak, I'd say Messi was better, the fact Portugal have won a tournament and Ronaldo has scored a hat trick in such a big game makes people rate Ronaldo more for some reason.

It has been a privilege to be able to watch them over the last 10-12 years, we probably won't get a pair of players at this sort of level at the same time again and their rivalry has spurred them both on to play at stupid levels.
 

Furball

Evil Scotsman
Ronaldo's been poor domestically for a couple of seasons.

He's perfected the art of doing little in a game but popping up with a goal. Credit to him, he still gets things done on the big stage but his performances in big games has been poor. He was rotten in this year's Champions League final for instance.

I think people just look at what his team accomplishes and attribute that to him. Like the 'he's won an international tournament' thing - he went off injured in the final after 20 minutes.
 

flibbertyjibber

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Both have dropped off their mental peak, just think Ronaldo raises his game back to the old level at the important time more often.
 

OverratedSanity

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Over the course of the season, Messi has been way better. The first half of Ronaldo's season was tripe and by the time he regained his form, the league title was gone.

Don't find him too unlikeable at all though. And attempting to diminish what he did vs Spain is crazy. It'd have been a very good performance even if he hadn't scored a single goal. His overall play was immense... all those classy flicks and won virtually every 50-50 header.
 

sledger

Spanish_Vicente
Ronaldo's been poor domestically for a couple of seasons.

He's perfected the art of doing little in a game but popping up with a goal. Credit to him, he still gets things done on the big stage but his performances in big games has been poor. He was rotten in this year's Champions League final for instance.

I think people just look at what his team accomplishes and attribute that to him. Like the 'he's won an international tournament' thing - he went off injured in the final after 20 minutes.
This is a player who has scored nearly 150 goals in the last three seasons. "Poor" is evidently not an accurate way of describing his performance level across that period of time.
 

Marcuss

Hall of Fame Member
First half of Ronaldo's season was not tripe either. He went on a lean finishing run but was still putting in huge performances and big numbers in every other performance analysis metric
 

OverratedSanity

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Bleh. Otamendi's kicked the ball at a player on the ground twice now in the same tournament. Not to mention the second time he managed to waste 2 minutes of precious injury time for his team. Special kind of stupid and it was infuriating to watch.
 
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