"I’ve never seen a player with the quality that Ronaldo has. He has it all”
Those were the words of Fabio Capello back in October. Ronaldo had just returned from a lenghty spell on the sidelines (well, clubbing in New York but why avoid a cliche) and the press were hovering to see if the Italina coach would welcome Brazilian heavyweight back into the fold. This was going to be the new look, streamlined, lean and hungry Real Madrid. No room for slackers. The Galactico experiment had self combusted and now it was time to get down to business.
Capello's words of support were a thinly veiled challenge to the striker - 'You're good. Very good. I know it and you know it. Prove to me you still want to show it'
Most expected that Ronaldo would be the first player shown the door when the Italian disciplinarian arrived at the Bernabeu. Not so. Ronaldo was given a chance and he blew it. Three months to save his career in Spain and he simply wasn't interested.
Of course, we can make excuses. Maybe I'm being harsh and maybe things were never going to work out between the pair of them. The Italian sargeant Major who trains his players hard - and the Brazilian who finds it hard to train.
Whatever the reason, the saddest part of it all is the predictability of it all. Not wishing to say I told you so but.....I told you so here at La Liga Review. It will be the third time in his career that he's been shown a bit of faith by his employers and its the third time in his career that his thrown it back in their faces.
A waste of an amazing talent. Looking back to those 45 goals in 48 games in that glorious season at Barcelona and we all felt that here was the best striker we were ever going to see. That was a very long time ago.The tragedy is that he probably was the best striker we'd ever seen, we just never got the chance to see it again.