The World Cup is meant to be one of the highlights of a footballer's careers. Whether they feature in just one, or if they are competing in their fifth, every professional player says there is nothing like representing their country on the biggest stage of them all.
However, for one certain individual in Brazil this summer, it's been a tough ride, and a ride that he hasn't enjoyed, if his mood off the pitch is reflected by what it's like on it.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, one of the greatest players to EVER embrace the professional game has just come off one of his best seasons at club level with Real Madrid and the world was finally saying 'He is better than Lionel Messi'.
Then it came to the World Cup. In Brazil. Ronaldo's Portugal drawn in a tough group alongside Germany, USA and Ghana, and after the first two games, the Ronaldo we know and love, just hasn't turned up.
Lets look into the first game. Germany 4-0 Portugal.
Now to be fair to the winger, his side were 2-0 down, and then Pepe ludicrously got sent off for a headbutt on Thomas Muller and they eventually went on to lose 4-0.
I know what you're saying, not much Ronaldo could have done about that result, and I agree, but what I can say is that throughout that 90-minutes, his attitude was atrocious.
Slamming his team-mates at ever opportunity, giving up on balls left, right and centre, stropping when things didn't go his way and just not really showing the desire he has shown throughout the season.
After the game, the pundits analysed Ronaldo and his body language, and they were quick to point out how frustrated he grew as the game continued and how more and more miserable he got as the game went on.
Arms waving in the air, looks of disbelief and anger and overal just a complete sulk on the pitch.
A lot of people have been saying on social networking sites that they feel sorry for Ronaldo because he's the standout player in the team, and by far their only world-class player, which I happen to agree with.
However, when you have THAT type of player, not only as your team-mate, but also as your captain, you will not want to look at him several times throughout the game, and see him giving up on everything and just sulking when things don't go his way.
Then we go to the USA game, with Portugal desperately needing a victory to stand any chance of qualification to the knockout stage.
Things started well as Nani gave them an early 1-0 lead, which was not celebrated by, yes you guessed it, Ronaldo.
As the game went on, it was like watching Ronaldo vs Germany all over again, apart from one bit of magic where he single-handedly took on four USA defenders.
Despite that, he lost the ball on numerous occasions, he shanked a one-on-one chance with the score at 1-1, and he just simply sulked for the majority of the game as things once again did not go his way.
By watching him over the opening two games, it is clear that he feels let down by the 10-men around him, but his basic attitude on the pitch is terrible not only for his team-mates, but also his country who have all their hopes on his shoulders.
Every failed ball wasn't met with Ronaldo trying to fight for the ball back, it was met with complaints from the Real Madrid star, and every time without fail, he just stood there and sulked before slowly walking back into play.
Fortunately for Ronaldo and Portugal, he managed to produce a stunning cross in the dying seconds, which was meant by a flying Varela, which saw them equalise with virtually the last kick of the game, which has just kept them in the competition.
However, the dramatic goal wasn't met with any celebrations and Ronaldo simply walked off down the tunnel by himself without shaking anyone's hands or applauding the Portuguese crowd.
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