Cristiano Ronaldo: Finding Silver Lining in Superstar's Recent Cocky Comments

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVNovember 7, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 06:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts after failing to score during the UEFA Champions League group D match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 6, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Let's not get ahead of ourselves here—there's some admiration to be found in Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's latest comments.

According to, Ronaldo had some interesting things to say about his current status as an elite player and the possibility of winning the upcoming FIFA Ballon d'Or award, given to the world's top player.

"If I could, I'd vote for myself."

"I am what I am and I'm happy with that. Being too humble isn't good. In Portugal we say that too much humility is vanity."

Ronaldo's comments haven't sat well with many soccer fans, but let's look at the positives in what one of the world's best players has to say.

Being humble is a characteristic that the sports world takes seriously. In fact, in some instances, the level of humility is so severe that it can be implied as fake or kissing up to one's opponents.

While a player of Ronaldo's stature endorsing one of his opponents above himself could be seen as a kind gesture, how much would we really be able to look into it? If he truly believes in his ability to become the best footballer in the world, how seriously would we take it if he wouldn't vote for himself?

Would President Barack Obama vote for Mitt Romney over himself?

You get the idea. 

Cockiness is certainly a trait that Ronaldo possesses, but it can be spun in a positive manner. 

Likewise, Ronaldo also pointed out why he plays the game and where most of his passion comes from on the pitch.

"I play for the passion of football, and for the love of the teams I represent. If I was playing for money, I'd be at another club. All players love it when teams like Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United or Chelsea dream about them, but that's not in my thoughts."

It's possible that this string of comments could be a subliminal shot at Real Madrid and its ineffectiveness in re-signing Ronaldo to a price tag that he's a fan of, but it's nevertheless an admirable stance on his outlook on soccer.

Sports have become all too much about the money nowadays, and to see a superstar player publicly state that he's playing for the love of the game over money is worth praising.

You can love him or hate him, but Cristiano Ronaldo has the right outlook on the game that he plays.