Have none of you heard about real footballers who knew how to behave and really were role models. I am talking about people such as Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney, Dixie Dean etc. By the way I still think Stanley Mathews would put Ronaldo and Ronaldino and george Best etc.,in the shade.
Whilst I applaud the skill level, fitness and pace of the modern stars, I think their attitude is appalling, barring a few exceptions. Christiano Ronaldo (If that is the one implied in the title) is certainly an exceptional talent, but just as big a spoilt prima donna as many of the top stars. Believe it or not, I still play competatively at a very lowly level, but the rules that apply to us, do not seem to apply in the top flight. We are all regularly warned about controlling our language and behaviour, before the game by the referee, if we are too loud and let our control slip, we will be cautioned or sent from the field simply for dissent or foul and abusive language. Why are the likes of Mr Ronaldo allowed to swear vociferously, in front of an audience of millions and often at the referee with little or no penalty? Skills - 10 out 10 Fitness - 10 out 10 Sportsmanship/attitude - 0 out 10
"...real footballers who knew how to behave and really were role models. I am talking about people such as Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney, Dixie Dean etc."
...and all for twenty quid a week — or less.
I remember hearing Stanley Matthews on TV talking about radio/TV commentators who praise wide attackers whenever they force a corner. According to Stanley M, that same maneouvre in his day would have earned him a rollocking from his manager for failing to deliver a decent cross.