Friday, June 23, 2006

Ronaldo: Still fat, still slow, now scoring...

OK, ok, so I panned Ronaldo really harshly for his performance in the first two games and then he went and scored two lovely goals yesterday. Credit where credit is due - Ronaldo is so extravagantly talented that he doesn't even have to run to score goals. The guy is obviously not as mobile as he once was, but his touch is so fearsomely precise, his futboling vision so acute, his sense for goal so terrifyingly inspired, he can turn a game around while standing still. So a round of applause to Ronaldo - the man is an inspiration to fat people everywhere.


Blogger Daniel said...

Boy! You are eating a lot of crow this tournament!

The thing I do not understnad is how a placid Ronaldo could not be marked more effectively by Japan. This is were you can really see the difference between experienced and not so experienced teams.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Francisco said...

Well, we could get in a discussion about the worst team of the tournament. I think Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Japan and Togo all have a reasonable claim on the title, though the Costaricenses aren't so far behind.

Japan's defending was scandalous last night. Really, really, really bad. The Brazilians had no problem making jogo bonito because they just had so damn much real estate. I'm pretty sure the J-League just doesn't punish you for leaving an attacker 2 meters to play with, but you can't do that with Brazil. They did, they paid.

8:24 AM  
Blogger vergueishon said...

Quico: Sure, but then you have to consider the fact that several of the great setups Brazil pulled through were in rather tight spaces. And then there's the reason for fat people's mirth the world over. What's funny is, even though Brazil was mostly on cruise control during the beginning of this match, after Japan scored the first goal they didn't so much shift into gear as they did take control of the game. I think Ronaldo summarized the team's performance last night quite nicely: leisurely-paced, yet fatally precise...

10:42 AM  

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