January 13, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Ballon D'Or: Rob Smyth with an eloquent, measured assessment of Ronaldo's career. Sports writing at its finest.

posted by rumple to soccer at 11:01 PM - 3 comments

Really enjoyed this. I think one of the interesting things about football right now is so many of the stars are so flawed and how that affects our perception/ interest in rooting for them. Luis Suarez is the best example, but Ronaldo, Zlatan, Ribery are drawn in shades of grey. Do we enjoy their brilliance anyway or long for the days of less-flawed heroes like Anelka?

posted by yerfatma at 08:36 AM on January 15

It's weird to see Anelka referenced that way, given the recent weirdness.

posted by rcade at 12:23 PM on January 15

posted by yerfatma at 12:36 PM on January 15

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