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Cristiano Ronaldo: Could Superstar Be "Sad" at Father's Death?

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 25:  Cristiano Ronaldo is dejected after missing his penalty during the UEFA Champions League second leg semi-final match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on April 25, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IISeptember 3, 2012

Whatever you think of him, Cristiano Ronaldo has the right to be sad.

Whether you think that he's greedy and earns to much money; whether you think that he's selfish and needs to pass the ball; whether you think that he focuses on his hair too much; whether you think that he's better, or worse, than Lionel Messi—whatever you think of him, the superstar winger has every single right in the world to be sad.

Ronaldo stunned the world yesterday with his admission after a match against Granada that he was "sad"—a strange statement given he is one of the richest footballers in the world and just fired a double to give his side the victory.

Per The Guardian:

The Portugal forward chose not to celebrate his two goals during Madrid's 3-0 win over Granada and said after the match: "I am sad and the club knows it, that's why I didn't celebrate the goals. The people in the club know why."

Ronaldo refused to elaborate on the reasons for his displeasure with the club that spent a record £80 million to secure him from Manchester United in 2009. The 27-year-old denied he was angry that Barcelona's Andrés Iniesta beat him to this year's Uefa Best Player Award on Friday. "Iniesta deserved it," he said.

Ronaldo's comments have sparked rumours of his desire to leave the club and the Portuguese dominated the headlines in Spain on Monday.

So, why is Ronaldo sad?

Is it because we wants out of the club? Is it because he no longer has the desire to remain at Real Madrid—that the millions have dollars have lost their appeal?

Maybe.

But football fans around the world are pointing to something other than selfish reasons as the motive behind his sadness. They point out that sometime around September 5-7, 2005—seven years tomorrow—is the anniversary of the death of Cristiano Ronaldo's father.

Commenting on The Dirty Tackle, The Guardian, and Timetoast, fans have been quick to point out that September 5-7 (the date is as of yet unconfirmed) was the moment that Ronaldo's father passed away from an alcoholism-related liver condition.

And if that's the real reason behind his sadness, then maybe it's time to lay off the guy for one minute and let him work through those issues.

If that's the real reason behind his sadness, then maybe it's time that we stopped the discussions about Lionel Messi, contracts, Real Madrid and his future, and allowed the guy to be sad about the death of his father.

He is human, after all, like all of us.

Maybe he's allowed to be sad.

 

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