talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy says he’s sorry for Cristiano Ronaldo and urged critics to try harder to see things from the player’s perspective.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has enjoyed a phenomenal career and is the greatest to ever grace a football pitch in the eyes of many.
But the past few months have been very uncharted territory for Ronaldo, who has struggled to buy time at Manchester United.
Since his explosive interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV, Ronaldo’s departure from Old Trafford has been announced, meaning he is without a club while trying to win his native Portugal a first-ever World Cup.
Ronaldo was widely criticized for the explosive comments he made in the interview and also came under fire for disciplinary issues this season, with the most defining moment seeing him walking through the tunnel before the end of Man United’s win on Tottenham in October.
He was also seen making a quick exit through the tunnel after Portugal’s emphatic win over Switzerland – a game which saw him make an appearance – and also trained with the starting XI the following day instead of the substitutes .
Few people will have sympathy for Ronaldo for his words and actions lately, however, Cundy urges those passing judgment on the 37-year-old to think harder when analyzing what looks like the decline of a iconic player.
“There’s a lot being said about Ronaldo lately and I think the guy needs a little break,” Cundy told talkSPORT.
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“Over the past eight or nine months, this guy has been through a personal tragedy. He lost his son and I think we have to keep in mind that there have been a lot of changes in his life.
“In 49 games for club and country last season, he scored 31 goals. Those are high numbers.
“Bearing in mind what he’s been through on a personal level and then on a professional level, he saw a new manager come into Manchester United in Erik ten Hag, who clearly doesn’t like him.
“Ronaldo tried to force a move to a Champions League club in the summer, that didn’t happen and it’s clear his career is on a different path now.
“He sees himself differently than the way we see him…he’s almost superhuman. He became the greatest goalscorer of all time, no other man has scored in five World Cups, he continues to break records at 37 years old.
“His body is in perfect condition. He’s superhuman, he’s like Superman finding out he can’t fly anymore but he believes he can.
“Rightly or wrongly he sees himself – that’s how he got to the level he has – as always the best footballer at the highest level. The goals he scored last season are a very good argument for him to wonder why he is not in the team.
“Now he’s starting to see the demise and he can’t recognize it and he’s slightly deceived because he can’t see himself as Ronaldo… he sees himself as the superstar and he’s still producing those levels.
“We don’t know what it’s like to be Cristiano Ronaldo.”
“Things changed in his life, he never had to deal with that,” Cundy added.
“I think we have to try to understand what he’s going through. He does not see the death he is going through.
“I feel sorry for him…I have a lot of sympathy for him.
“I just came to this, I really feel like this guy still sees himself as the Ronaldo when he was 25, he still has the body. It’s like Superman who lost his cape.
“Everyone is talking about Ronaldo’s disappearance. We know it, we can see it with our own eyes, but he can’t deal with it.
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