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Ronaldo: King of entertainment



Only this weekend, Wright-Philips was hassled to the ground inside the penalty area, but no foal was awarded, and that was not a unique occurrence. A couple of seasons back, Didier Drogba was one of the greatest 'divers' - swan diving to every breath of wind, but there can be no better play actor than Cristiano Ronaldo. 'Winker' will never be forgotten for his part in Wayne Rooney's sending off, and his consistent acts of simulation, not least because he is so good at it!

Diving is commonly thought to be the curse of the modern game, although realistically, this is not so. Jurgen Klinsmann was renowned for his, somewhat pathetic, dives, and he is not alone. And not only this, but it is only with the advent of TV replays that this has really come to attention. Sure they had TV in the 1960s, but the quality wasn't good enough to make out an accidental trip from a deliberate foul. And that's without even considering the benefits of diving to the modern game.

Yes, it may seem ridicules to suggest that Diving is good, but when a player collapses in the penalty area, do you not immediately jump to your feet? Is it not always the first thing that Pundits discuss after a game - whether or not he dived? Meanwhile, other fouls - the odd trip in the middle of the field will go by un-punished other than a free kick, and I see no real difference. To be caught diving will immediately bring about hatred from the press, whilst almost anything else will be forgotten - even revered, gaining you a reputation as a 'tough man' - who will scare defenders.

OK, it is probably pushing it to suggest that diving is good for the game, although the extra level of suspense is undeniable. However, The FA and FIFA do very little about it. In rugby, video refereeing has been standard procedure for a while. In tennis, Hawk Eye technology is, and it is being increasingly adapted into cricket, so why is football being left behind? Surely it is easy to, when a player goes down in the box, to stop play, and ascertain whether it was: A: a foul; B: a dive; or C: nothing. Surely, it can't be too hard to implement this into the game, with very little difficulty. Other technologies could also be implemented into the game - something similar to Hawk eye could be used for offside, all goals can be checked for any 'illegal' acts - the game could be cleaned up - but it isn't, and it's obvious why.

Take out the human error, and you end up with a game like rugby - the best side always wins, there is no luck, and nothing is random. There is no suspense when a player goes down in the box, or when someone beats the offside trap. The game would no longer be football, and would be dull to watch. FIFA can't implement video refereeing for fear of killing off more than just the diving, but the whole game.

Which brings me on to why Ronaldo is king of entertainment?

If diving, fouling, and the aggressive nature of the game is what keeps it flowing, is removed, the game would die, and there is no player more quick, skilful, aggressive, and willing to bend the rules to his advantage than Ronaldo, who, to put it bluntly, will turn a boring game of football into a spectacle worth of the money poured into it.

On Saturday, I discussed whether football was about the game or the entertainment. Ronaldo will entertain, but won't always follow the rules of the game. Which would you rather? A well disciplined game of football, where everything is done to precision, or the aggressive game we have today. I know what I would go for any day.

Written by pompeycarpet.

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Date:Friday September 7 2007

Time: 12:18AM

Your Comments

Brilliant article Carpet. Technology... If we'd had it England may not have won the world cup, Pedros goal (for Spurs) would have stood, Pompey would be in Europe this year.... I'm undecided. Diving. Purely and simply is cheating, but if Kanu went down in the last minute of a cup final and got us a penalty would we really complain ? Entertainment. Yes, Ronnie is an entertainer, when he is on his game there's not many others Id rather watch. But... its his 'Acting' that really gets my goat, its the head back, fingers through his hair bit that I really despise, trickery with ball play is one thing, diving for the sake of the team (if it's your team) is acceptable (just), but there is no excuse whatsoever in my book for out and out over acting - If you can cheat and get awat with it, good luck to ya, but dont look hard done by if you are rumbled and don't try an fool people by appearing all innocent... Ronaldo is King of entertainment ?.. yeah probably... but he should leave the acting to film stars
Chix
great to watch, he should look at some george best videos though, when he went down, he was fouled, then he got up and made the defender look stupid with sublime skill
paultsmouth
agreed, great article carpet man, as per usual enjoyed reading it... i dont like cheats and dont like it when it is pompey doing it either - but that said if/when a pompey player may fall easily in the box, or con his way to a free kick or penalty i know i dont get as angry as i do wehn it is happening against us. i like to think that pompey dont 'cheat' that much tho... the use of technology, hmm im not sure im for it in some areas but not in others, but once you go down that road in some areas, others follow... my thinking is the disputable decisions, such as did it cross the line and controversially given, or not given goals should be looked at as they win or lose matches. suspect penalties, alho they also can win or lose a match right or wrong they might not result in a goal until they are taken... i would like the officials to be helped, but not too much... the winker himself, yep he is an entertainer and prob the best there is, but he and others are not paid to 'cheat' - which in fairness to the fella he is cutting out - so altho i have said i accept it more if it is pompey doing this, i still do not like it and it is still something i do not want to see, i want to be entertained, but not by cheaters...
pompeyrug
agree he's an entertainer but he's got this little spiteful trait!
merlin
sure he can be spitefull, but doesnt iting to talk about? all the best super heroes have a weakness, his could be spite - but if there is a game WITH him playing, and a game without, ill pick the game he is playing with any dayis why he should have been playor of the year...
pompeycarpet
 

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