Before he could even settle to celebrate his country’s victory, the public opinion had already taken a toll on him.
Social media was going crazy because of Christiano Ronaldo – some laughed, some celebrated him while others opted to just roll their eyes.
It seems that everything he does goes through under strict scrutiny of his supporters and haters alike. Very few players are able to attract the kind of attention that the Portuguese national does.
His critics consider him a self-absorbed player.
Some of the things that have continuously raised eyebrows include his enormous endorsements which have earned $32 million in the last 12 months. The salary and bonuses earned at Real Madrid have made is pocket $52 million richer within past 12 months. That makes it a total of $88 million earnings.
Christiano Ronaldo on Social Media
Ronaldo is a king on the social. More than 200 million followers are trailing his daily activities on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. This huge following has done very little to deter his critics.
There is no doubt that Ronaldo is a talented footballer. But some view him as an arrogant footballer, rather than one who made it through self-belief. The critics have been very vocal; including the time Christiano Ronaldo released a documentary of his life.
But when one of the greatest players in generations limped out of the field on the Sunday final, even his toughest critics softened.
He left action within 25 minutes, casting doubt on the possibility of Portugal winning the cup. He went off in tears, being aware this may be the last time he plays in international sports at the peak of his powers.
Whereas his Argentina partner, Lionel Messi, has retired from international football, Ronaldo’s coach says he is still in action for the next 6 to 7 years.
Probably his contribution in the team will not be the same in the 2018 World Cup, but he remains an important member.
Very few predicted that Portugal would go into the final. That confirms that the team did not just fight, it battled to get where it is.
And even though Christiano wasn’t in the field, he did not stop inspiring those around him.
He is loved and hated in equal measure. But one thing for sure is that the 3-time World Player of the Year is among the greatest in the players of all time.