Cristiano has often being described as a big-game flop although statistics show that the Portuguese winger has scored against every big four in England as Manchester United eventually went on to win or at least to draw the game.
Ronaldo has also scored and played brilliantly against some European giants such as AS Roma, Olympic Lyonnais, and even some honorable games like Manchester Unitedâ€™s match against Europe XI in 2007.
The truth is thatthis Anti-Ronaldo Big-Game-Flop chant especially generated when the Portuguese player missed his penalty at the Camp Nou against Barcelona in Manchester Unitedâ€™s Champions League semi-final clash last year.
But the reigning UEFA Top Scorer of the Year redeemed himself by scoring a precious header in the final against Chelsea (a big team again) to silence his critics.
Since then, who can laugh about Ronaldoâ€™s performance in big games apart from dishonest people? After recovering from his ankle operation, Cristiano Ronaldo took some time to perform at a high level with the pace, tricks and flicks of his that we always knew.
But then, the number 7 Star has proven himself in the Champions League this year with a scintillating display against Inter Milan in the first leg which he marked with a superb header in the return fixture.
The World Player of the year may be four or five goals away from retaining his UEFA Top Scorer award, but his performance in Europe is undoubtedly breathtaking.
Cristiano Ronaldo was also the hero of tantalizing clash between FC Porto and Manchester United in the Champions League. His extraordinary 40 yard screamer helped the Red Devils to break the Portoâ€™s record against English teams at the Estadio do Dragao and ultimately qualify to the semis of the competition.
Ronaldo displayed a repeat of this good form against Arsenal in the semifinals. If some strange decisions from the match officials denied Ronaldo from enjoying a perfect 50th appearance in the Champions League for Manchester United, the World Player of the Year didnâ€™t miss out on a party at the Emirates in the second leg. Two amazing goals sunk Arsenal inside their own fortress.
Ronaldo might shine again in spectacular fashion in Manchester Unitedâ€™s remaining game of the season. If not because of the transfer saga that somehow tarnished Ronaldoâ€™s image, the number 7 star would have certainly been the fansâ€™ darling player.
With the Fifa Player of the Year and the Ballon dâ€™Or awards already in his room of trophies, Cristiano Ronaldo looks destined to become Manchester Unitedâ€™s greatest number 7 player in the history of the club. George Best had predicted that someone great will succeed him, now the world is watching the man who walks in Bestâ€™s shoes: Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Written by: Angela Asante