Cristiano Ronaldo will go down as one of the greatest footballers of all time - there’s no question about that - but how will Cristiano Ronaldo the man be remembered?
The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar doesn’t do himself any favours at times; he’s a little selfish during matches, gets annoyed with teammates when they don’t pass to him but will celebrate scoring a penalty or a close-range tap-in like he’s just won the lottery.
It turns out Ronaldo also has a bizarre habit when it comes to posing for team photos; eagle-eyed football fans have probably noticed it long before now.
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Ronaldo will often stand in the back row and attempt to make himself the tallest man in the photo by standing on his tip toes.
Is this yet another indication that, despite all of his fame, fortune and success, Ronaldo might feel a little uncomfortable in his own skin?
Pics: Ronaldo on tiptoes
Why does he do it?
Why else would he feel the need to stand on tiptoes? Is this, in his mind, another way of trying to prove he’s the best? Another competition?
Of course, it’s true that without his ridiculous competitive spirit, Ronaldo wouldn’t have maximised his talent and potential in the extraordinary way he has.
But you have to draw a line somewhere.
John Carlin's controversial column on Ronaldo
El Pais columnist John Carlin recently caused a stir with a withering assessment of Ronaldo the man.
“Never in the history of football was there someone who would combine such greatness as a player and be so ridiculous as a person,” he wrote.
Carlin, per 101 Great Goals, added: “Ronaldo is the best proof that one may be rich, handsome and famous, and even that one can reach the top of being considered the second best player in the world and, at the same time, be a poor guy. He can surround himself with more and more Ferraris and Rolls-Royces or supermodels but he is not at peace with himself and, at the bottom, he is not happy.
“But what people have to understand is that it is not his fault; the story of his life invites compression and forgiveness. His father was an alcoholic, was hardly present in his life and died when Ronaldo was 20 years old. The father figure was usurped by a bunch of vultures whose only interest was to get the greatest possible economic slice of his success. He hadn’t people around him that had the goodness to try to put his feet on the ground; He had false sycophants.
“To understand the sad story just look at the documentary Ronaldo, a cinematic monument to its fragile narcissism premiered last year in London. He confessed there that he did not have many friends in football and trusted few people. One of those few is Jorge Mendes, his agent, who is seen in the documentary giving a speech at a private dinner with Ronaldo and friends where he praises the virtues of his favorite customer, the one that most income has generated
“ A normal person would have given a slap to Mendes, interpreting his praise as ridicule. Ronaldo accepted them with the literal and solemn naturalness of a god he believes he is. Poor. Below that body of Adonis superstar there is indeed a soft spoiled child. So much good luck he has had in life, and so much bad too.”
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