A Messi fan's thoughts on the Ronaldo movie
So I saw the Ronaldo movie. I liked it–I certainly don’t mind watching any movies about football or footballers. I’m just mostly confused as to why he made it.
What I didn’t like: His agent seems smarmy. Most agents are though so that’s not surprising. Also I feel bad for his brother since they brought up his past addiction problems. And I feel bad that his mother deals with stress. But… I genuinely found it hard to feel sorry for her when they kept bringing up the fact that she didn’t want Cristiano to be born. It just seems to me that’s a terrible thing to tell your child–you were unwanted. And they use the term unwanted in the movie too.
What I did like: The parts with Cristiano Jr. are adorable as one would expect them to be. That kid is a cutie. You don’t learn anything about his mother, not that I expected to and it’s not anyone’s business anyway. Kudos to Ronaldo for staying silent on that for so long btw haha. What’s important is that Ronaldo says he will tell his son when he’s grown.
The Ballon d'Or: The focus seems to be the Ballon d'Or. And how important it is. Which is interesting since recently he has said he doesn’t care if Messi wins.
Messi: And that brings us to Messi. You’ve all seen the clip now of Messi talking to Cristiano Jr. at the Ballon d'Or ceremony last year. It’s nice.
More Messi: And actually, the whole movie is nice to Messi. It shows him winning the Ballon d'Or over and over, shows clips of him beating defenders, shows him signing autographs… Ronaldo says that his relationship with Messi has never been better–that Messi asked after his family, asked about his injury from the World Cup.
Messi v Ronaldo: And honestly, it would have been very easy for Ronaldo’s camp to try to smear Messi. But they didn’t. At all. Even as Ronaldo is home, after being kicked out of the World Cup, they intersperse that with clips of Messi playing against Germany in the final. In the end, the voice says that Germany won, but Messi took home another trophy–the golden ball. It would have been so easy to throw in some of the criticism that Messi received for getting that award.
World Cup 2014: Speaking of the World Cup. I almost feel like a large part of this movie is an apology to Portugal for them not doing well. Cristiano was hurt and he played anyway. And he did it, because, as most players do, he loves his country. Portugal, get over it.
But in the end, I’m still confused as to why they made this. The Ballon d'Or, the World Cup, Messi… It’s all interesting, but I’m left thinking that after all these important games and important titles and trophies, Ronaldo is very lonely even with all of his money. And it’s honestly a little sad.