Wow, talk about piling on. After Manchester United’s 2-0 upset loss to FC Barcelona in the Champions League Final yesterday, the Vatican daily newspaper praised Barça’s performace and took a subtle shot at Man U.
The headline in Thursday’s L’Osservatore Romano, next to a picture of Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, was “Football, Finally.” The money quote said, “Technique and creativity have had the better of athletic vigor.”
So according to the Vatican Man U. was just a collection of talented players, while Barça was actually the better side. Ouch.
When the Roman Catholic Church takes subtle shots at you, you know you’re down in the dumps.
To Man U’s credit they’re saying all the right things. Well, except for Cristiano Ronaldo.
United star Wayne Rooney held back his pain long enough to dub Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta the world’s best player. Sir Alex Ferguson was his usual, classy self, saying the better team won and making no excuses.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, bitched about the “tactics” United used and while giving credit to Barcelona, also claimed that they were “a bit lucky to be here because Chelsea did not deserve to lose and no-one has mentioned that.”
What a dick. Seriously Cristiano, why even mention that? Let Barcelona have their day. Let other people worry about why other teams aren’t there, you should be concerned with the fact that you are supposed to be the world’s best player and you turned in a shit performance.
Then, rather than emphatically claim that he’s coming back to Man United next season and pledge his loyalty to his club that’s clearly down on itself after a tough loss, he stated that his future is unclear. Rumors have swirled for well over a year that Ronaldo would pack his bags and play for his lifelong favorite squad, Real Madrid.
Let me give Mr. Ronaldo a quick lession in Public Relations 101. When asked about your future following a tough loss, just say you want to be back. Doesn’t matter if you’re lying, people will appreciate the loyalty. Say you want to come back and you hope you can come back. Don’t say it’s uncertain or you don’t know. That will just piss people off.