Cristiano Ronaldo rabona volley showed a lack of class

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Real Madrid remain in contention to win the Club World Cup trophy and proudly proclaim themselves as "World Champions."

The kudos of having the gold badge on their shirts for a year is obvious.

And let'e be honest, they would be very worthy world champs if they go on to claim the trophy on Saturday.

Should they triumph, it would be their 22nd consecutive win in all competitions, an almost incomprehensible run.

Chief amongst their protagonists has been Cristiano Ronaldo.

Devastating form

He's been in such devastating form since the start of the season, that Lionel Messi's own achievements are barely raising a murmur.

Certainly the Portuguese is a certainty to retain his Ballon D'Or trophy, and at this rate his team will also secure the Champions League trophy again, retaining "Old Big Ears" for the first time in the modern era.

Such all-round excellence should be acknowledged by the wider football family, both toward the club generally, and to Ronaldo.

Letting himself down

What a shame then that Madrid's finest has let himself down again whilst in Morocco.

No one likes a smart-arse. In footballing terms, showboating in play is a definite no-no.

So why did Ronaldo feel the need, whilst his side were 4-0 up against a second rate Cruz Azul side, to try a rabona volley when frankly, had he taken the cross in a more usual manner, he would've scored?

Cheap shot

It was a cheap shot and lacking class, something that has been levelled at Ronaldo before now.

Those who know him say that a lovelier person you couldn't wish to meet, yet when on the football pitch, Ronaldo seems to revel in the "pantomime villain" role opposite Messi.

For someone of such impressive physical attributes, he goes over at the slightest touch an awful lot.

Entertaining or disrespectful?

In many respects, as with the rabona, it speaks volumes as to his character.

Football fans want to be entertained of course, and Ronaldo certainly does his share. However, when players at the very top of the game have to resort to such tactics, it leaves a very sour taste. It's plainly disrespectful to the other professionals.

Ask yourself, if your team was on the receiving end, would you be applauding Ronaldo's invention?

I think we know the answer...

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