Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever play the rounded object called football considering his achievements for both country and country since 2004. He recently signed a two-year deal with his former English side Manchester United on the deadline day of the summer transfer window after parting ways with the Italian side Juventus.
He has gone on to score six goals in eight appearances for the club across all competitions within a short period. Three out of the six goals scored have been in the Premier League which came in his first two games for the club. After then, he has played three Premier League matches without scoring and coincidentally dropped points in those matches.
Many people have come out publicly to blame the team's poor performances on the Portugal international with some saying he doesn't contribute defensively while others claim he's too old to have returned to the English Premier League. The Five times Ballon d'Or winner was very meticulous in his response to those criticisms during an interview with Sky Sports.
He said: "I know when the team needs my help defensively. But my role in the club is to win, help the team to win, and to score goals - [the defensive side] is part of my job. The people who don't want to see that are because they don't like me but to be honest I'm 36, I win everything so am I going to be worried about the people who say bad things about me? I sleep well at night. I go to my bed with my conscience very well. Keep going with that because I will still close mouths and win things".
"Criticism is always part of the business. I'm not worried about that. And I see it as a good thing, to be honest. If they worry about me or they speak about me, it's because they know my potential and value in football still. So it's good. I'll give you an example: if you're in a school and you're the best student, you ask the worst student if he likes the best, they'll say they don't like him."
"I think the main word is that I'm still happy and enjoying football. It doesn't matter how many things I won in my career. I win everything but I'm still motivated. I'm in a new chapter of my life, even with my age, and this is why I am here - to try to win and I think Manchester needs to be at this level of winning and thinking to win big things so I'm here to help."
Having read that transcript, do you still think he was egocentric? because I don't agree with that as Cristiano Ronaldo is a very confident guy and that is the fuel that propels him amid criticism. Confidently expressing oneself does not mean he is boastful. To further prove my point, let's quickly look at the dictionary meaning of both words according to Oxford Dictionary.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, Pride is defined as “the quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance; whereas, Confidence is defined as “a feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s abilities or qualities.” Cristiano Ronaldo is one hell of a player that gives himself and his teammates all the motivation and assurance they need to become better individuals.
He has oftentimes been seen attributing his success to hard work and commitment to the sport and never fails to appreciate himself through either his goal celebrations or on social media. He never let his guard down even when the odds are against him which is typical of a confident individual. A proud person would never offer his shirt to a steward that was hit by his ball during their UEFA Champions League opening fixture or let alone encourage Bruno Fernandes who missed a penalty meant for him against Aston Villa, or turn down Andros Townsend request for his jersey, etc.
Confidence is a feeling when you know everything is under control due to how well you trust your abilities. Confidence is that gut feeling that tells you that no matter how many seconds are left, you will score, and boom, it happens. Pride, on the other hand, is when an individual turns down every opportunity presented to be a better person which is entirely false when it comes to Ronaldo who accepted to move back to England despite the intensity of the league and his age. Pride is simply self-praise in terms of one's achievements but the records show otherwise of which in the case of Ronaldo, he allows the numbers to speak for him.
Confidence cannot come from a cynic but rather from a highly successful individual and Cristiano Ronaldo is that one man who has achieved everything when it comes to football. So, therefore, I believe with the above illustration, anyone will understand that those comments made by Legendary Portugal international are a reflection of his self-confidence and not pride.
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