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Time For The Daily Mail To Appologise To Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo goal LiverpoolIn this past week, I had a lot to say in regards to the Daily Mail article criticising Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo is a player United fans have felt very protective over since the World Cup 2006 and don’t respond kindly to him being slated. This season, you would think it was impossible to criticise him, following is extraordinary goalscoring record. However, it was claimed this week that his goals were apparently just an “illusion of grandeur” and he was not as good as everybody said he was.

For those of you who didn’t catch the Daily Mail’s write up on Ronaldo, I’ll post it in full here:

Last night, Hatchet Man watched the champions – but not THE champion. Manchester United may have cruised to a 2-0 victory over woeful Bolton with two goals from that lad Cristiano Ronaldo, but I couldn’t help but wondering if the Portugal star is being lauded a little too much.

“The Master,” cooed Keysey, Jamie and Wilko in the Sky studio. “Is there a finer footballer in the world?” they asked and answered in the negative.

Excuse me, but I beg to differ. It’s all well and good showing up the plodders of the Premier League, as Ronny did against Bolton, but – if we’re honest, Old Mother Hatchet could do that to them. (Could just anyone score a freekick of the quality Ronaldo scored against Bolton? I’d like Hatchet man to name three players in this league who could!)

Hatchet Man remains to be convinced that Ronaldo can do it against the best. (Apart from the two goals he scored against Arsenal in our 4-2 victory at Highbury 4 days after his 20th birthday, the goals in the FA and League Cup finals, his goals in the European Cup quarter final, his goal in the European Cup semi-final the year Meelan won the competition, the goal and assist he got against Arsenal this season, as well as currently being the highest scorer in this season’s Champions League)

And on Sunday – it’s a Grand Slam one, if you hadn’t noticed – Ronaldo has the chance to strut his stuff against last season’s Champions League finalists Liverpool. That will be the real test. Not Bolton, not against Reading, Villa or Newcastle.

The 23-year-old has scored 24 league goals in as many Premier League starts this season, which by everyone else’s standards is very impressive. But not by Hatchet Man’s. (Scoring 24 league goals in 24 league starts is not impressive by Hatchet Man’s standards? Does Hatchet Man know anything about football? Can Hatchet Man name another winger who has scored 24 goals in 24 starts?)

Ronaldo has scored only once against “Big Four” opposition this term – against Arsenal, and United have put six past the Gunners this season. (Hatchet Man doesn’t know anything about football. Ronaldo has played in one game against Arsenal this season, and has scored 1 assisted 1. He wasn’t even on the bench for the 4-0 FA Cup game. Moron.)

Sunday is a big day for the title race and it’s a huge one for Ronaldo’s illusions of grandeur.

Last night he scored a scuffer and another befuddling free-kick, although Al-Habsi was beaten by a strike travelling at less than 60mph. Jussi would have saved that, I reckon. Bag a tap-in against your big north-west rivals on Easter Sunday, Crissy, and I’ll eat my words.

I bet that I won’t have to. (I hope Hatchet Man bet his life savings on it!)

Is there any better feeling than having the last laugh? :)

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Cunts says:

    Haha, cunts.

  2. jsos says:

    NOTHING better. I’ll be waiting for that apology too HM – VIVA RONALDOOOOOOO

  3. Sam says:

    haha. Any way we can contact hatchet man and rub it in?

  4. Tom F says:

    The whole article is nonsense. It’s in the Daily Mail for a start and it is written by ‘the hatchet man’ so I guess he writes from the perspective of a tosser rather than what he believes, the guy is not taking anything but his twisted “controversial” account of Ronaldo and putting it into an article.

    It makes me sick when I watch a game of football on the tele and all the commentators talk about is shite that has been drummed up in the media. The whole game has become 90 minutes of controversy.

    Ronaldo cannot do it on the big stage?

    So being one of the best players in Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup don’t count do they? Or what about the winning goal against the 5 times French champions Lyon about a month ago? Scored this season away from home against Arsenal who are arguably the best side in the league up until a month ago. Scored against AC Milan last season… so I may be dragging out a few old games here but my point is this:

    Every time I see stats saying Ronaldo cannot be the best player in the world because in the 30 something games he has played against the other top for (including Everton) he has not scored many goals. These facts do not take into account the point that we are saying he is the worlds best NOW not 3 or 4 years ago which is when a lot of these games were played.

    Arsenal and Chelsea as well as Liverpool (one day) are our main title rivals but every time Ronaldo scores a winner against a ‘lesser’ side, it gives United 3 points. That’s the most we game ask for in a league game so can the ‘Hatchet Man’ please go fuck himself.

  5. Scott the Red says:

    There’s a comments section at the bottom of that “article”. I’ve already asked for him to eat his words ;)

  6. g Man says:

    hathet man is a cock and doesnt know n ething bout footie. y do all the schmucks end up with those newspaper jobs, listen to the likes of ian wright, alan shearer and jamie rednapp, they have been off the field too long so they know how hard todays fotie is, if they (all from different teams, none playing for united) have said ronaldo is the best player by far in todays world, then that is the case. ronaldo bangs em in or sets em up wherever he goes. and he’s only gonna get better and better. hatchet man a proper knob beter eat his words in the paper, if he duz do an article please post it, see what the knobz gonna say

  7. talking bollux says:

    not difficult to figure out that hatchett man is only designed to illicit a response – bit childish really – but it seems to work

  8. Anant says:

    next week we might get an article frm hatchet head saying pepe reina is the best keeper in the world or djemba djemba was uniteds best player in the last 100 years…..who prints this rubbish?!

  9. Ryan says:

    My comment is featured at the bottom of his page. That guy is a total cunt. He is wrong on everything, not just the ronaldo thing, but about woodgate, ramos, etc. Just an absolute moron. I’m sure his article got a lot of hits from our advertising his garbage. However, I will be ignoring the daily mail for ever. F off cunts.

  10. jimmy Bob says:

    it’sa tory rag who cares what it prints
    oliver “my mum was emily bishop” holt was it again today, wengers day will come where his wonderfull team will win the lot
    aye right if SAF went 3 years on the trot and won fa the press would be hounding him
    ronaldo is the best player in the PL by a mile and as for the “hatchet man” you get the same 3 points for beating bolton as you for beating lpool so he can kiss my backside as well!

  11. jimmy Bob says:

    ps what did htachment have to say about torres and gerrard after their 2 super displays against untd this year!

  12. Tom F says:

    I fucking hate Oliver Holt, he cannot wait for Sir Alex to fuck up… he believes Fergie should have retired years ago and I know he hates it every time Fergie’s United are succesful. I hop we win the 2 trophies in front of us and throw it back in the bastards face.

  13. Jimmy D says:

    Get the salt and pepper out Hatchet man because your gonna have to eat your words on that rag

  14. pet says:

    When are the goals counted as real goals? is it when they are scored against Chelsea, Liverpool, or Manutd its self? Does Hatchet man think durby or Fulham or any lower team not good enough to be counted as premier clubs when does a player win a golden boot is it after scoring against the big teams and not the small ones?

  15. Tom F says:

    He said Ronaldo only scores against rubbish sides. While it isn’t true, he did score against a rubbish side on the weekend-Liverpool.

  16. Alex says:

    I did see this article and I thought it was just a wind up, Hatchet man knows nothing and is obviously very very jealous, Hatchet man is a donkey – fact

  17. sheplegend says:

    after reading this article i checked daily mail website and hatchet man has eaten his words. have a look. but hes still a cunt

  18. Simmo says:

    The thing you have to keep in mind is that most of the tossers that write for these rags are self important twats. You only have to watch this shower pontificating on Sky every sunday morning. What they don’t seem to grasp is that their opinion is no more important than anybody else. The daily mail should stick to their princess Di nonsense and leave football to those who know about it. If Ronaldo were English the story would never have appeared. In the words of the great Cantona ‘they think they know everything-they know nothing’!!
    P S Oliver Holt should be beaten to death with his own arms!!!

  19. Whiteside10 says:

    Not read this ‘Hatchet Man’ article, nor would I spend any time, energy or hard-earned cash on buying and reading the Daily Moral, either… it’s an awful paper.
    Anyway, Ronaldo. Two things. One is that I find it funny that there are some sections of the press (albeit a minority, I should add) that don’t give Ronnie credit because of how he plays in the so-called ‘big’ games… yet these are the same lot that used to eulogise over Thierry Henry – in my opinion, the biggest big-game bottler around. They used to say “how come he’s not World Footballer of the Year?”, etc. In his last season for Arsenal, in their biggest game in their history (the 2006 Champions League final), he was woeful. Missed a sitter that would have put them 2-0 ahead, although I guess he would argue that he was being played as a lone striker… which brings me to my second point.
    In the bigger games, United seem to play a more controlled, compact system. It’s not the flying 4-4-2 we see at OT when we’re playing the likes of Bolton at home, and, in my opinion, it’s working very well. The point with this, though, is that Ronaldo seems to restrain his dribbling with the ball in favour of passing and moving more. I guess it’s almost as though they have one general style of play against the PL’s so-called lesser teams, and another in Europe and in the big PL games. I thought that’s what Ferguson meant when he talked about a ‘mature’ display at the weekend – picking them apart and outclassing them with more patient, controlled football, as opposed to the ’99 vintage of high-tempo, ‘you score two, we’ll score three’ …
    Apologies if this was a bit ‘deeper’ than some of the comments above, as I agree with most of them – I’m sure he is a cunt!
    Finally, congratulations Scott on your recognition in Red Issue – keep it going!


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