In recent seasons, strikers are becoming very underrated. This is understandable, because there are now goals coming from all positions apart from the goalkeeper. With the advent of 20 goal-a-season wingers, midfielders chipping in with double figures in goals and centre backs like Sergio Ramos bagging 6 league goals already this season, the over reliance on out-and-out centre forwards feels a bit old school.
On the 27th December, an Inter Milan fan died in hospital after being hit by a van whilst fans clashed before a game between Inter Milan and Napoli at the San Siro the day before. The incident occurred at the end of a fight that involved around 60 people. It was also reported that three Napoli fans were stabbed and subsequently hospitalised.
Ronaldo. Fat Ronaldo. O Fenômeno. Bald Ronaldo. R9.
Whatever you call him, he was bloody good, and he is the most iconic number 9 of all time. Whether it be his trademark specialities such as the hair, the nicknames or the skill moves, or the fleeting fraternities of spells at various European giants, or his iconic tournaments for Brazil, Ronaldo etched the memories of football fans across the globe no matter who they support.
In most of these Advent Calendar pieces we have looked the career of an individual in whole, or a certain aspect that makes them so iconic. For Ronaldo, there is too much ground to cover. Thus…
Let’s have a look at NINE pivotal moments of his career that have made Ronaldo the most iconic #9 of all time…
“Zanetti is better than all of us put together.” These are the words of Diego Maradona and it’s hard to argue.