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Ronaldo, Ali and the pantomime act

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I read critical comments on Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments after Iceland had the temerity to take a point from Portugal last night and recalled some of the heartfelt and genuine affection expressed last week for Muhammad Ali.

“Graceless”, “disrespectful” and “unsporting” was the general tone, which is pretty much what was levelled at Muhamad when he called Joe Frazier an “Uncle Tom”, surely the pinnacle of a career sending disrespectful barbs towards opponents.

I could listen to and watch Muhammad all day long, he was forever a treat to sport and the world, but had he shut his mouth and JUST boxed only actual boxing fans would know his name now.

Ronaldo sounds like he’s taken lessons from The Greatest. At first pass it doesn’t look like it, but when he reacts churlishly after a disappointment, he helps make football a bigger sport, just as Ali did for boxing. And just like Ali, many will want Ronaldo and Portugal to lose, just to take the smug grin off his face. That’s why sport engages so many, but if you loved Ali, be consistent and cheer on Ronnie.

I’ve read and enjoyed some of what this pantomime act they’ve signed across the city has been saying this month. Good luck to him, he’s sheer entertainment. Anyone who can give it thick to royalty, mix with certain councillors, shout for Celtic, then tell Newco to cheer for him as he takes millions from them, deserves some slack.

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  1. tomtheleedstim on

    I remember reading that Ronaldo had donated £1m to the Palestinians. What that a crock?

  2. I have not managed to catch all the matches of the first round of the Euros but out of the not-so-well-known teams and the Wales/NI/Ireland teams, has any player stood out from Romania, Hungary, Albania, Iceland, Austria and Slovakia?

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    HAPPY HOOOOPY BIRTHDAY to

     

     

    SHANIA!!!!!

     

     

    That’s Miss TRAVELLERBHOY,btw.

     

     

    Seems they have birthdays in clutches.

     

     

    Party time!!!!!!!

  4. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Paul,

     

    I liked Ali as a boxer, but didn’t like many of the comments he made.

     

    In a sport like boxing I can understand a bit of hyperbole.

     

    Football is a team game. Ronaldo does not come across as a team player. It always has to be about him.

  5. HOOOOOOOOOOOPY Birthday Shania

     

     

    Have a great day and get yon travellerbhoy to spoil ye

  6. 50 shades of green on

    Cause your a loud mouth does not a sportsman make.

     

     

    I give you Joey the budgie Barton.

     

     

    Ali was playing mind games with a single opponent at a time (in the ring).Ronaldo is a prima Donna,to my mind he thinks every decision should go his way (maybe with francos mob it does) and when it doesn’t the petted lip and calamero attitude appear, I know I still carry a grude against the Portuguese for something or other but I would still hate the sight of Ronaldo even without the grude.

     

     

    P.s when his mind is right or rather when the decisions go his way he is a fantastic footballer and a joy to watch.

     

     

    Still a tosser though.

  7. I’ve always thought Ali acted without any class in his insults towards Smoking Joe. To call the man an Uncle Tom and a guerilla went far beyond the ethos of sport.

     

     

    Ronaldo hasn’t crossed the same lines as Ali but he’s still a gobshyte.

  8. Any fan looking for info on whether there’s a time bar to take cases to UEFA here it is. Art 37. https://t.co/whiclVjKeR

     

     

    I think it’s about time Celtic get their ar*e in gear before they have a very unhappy fan base on their hands.

  9. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    POR CIERTO

     

     

    So there is nothing wrong with the behaviour demonstrated by the likes of El Radge Duff at the “Shame Game”?

     

     

    Disappointment with losing, if channeled towards better future performances is fine.

     

     

    Disrespect of opponents and ungracefull behaviour in defeat, betrays an immaturity and self-centered attitude that will lead to no improvement in future performance.

     

     

    IMHO

     

     

    HH

  10. 50 shades of green on

    Love the wee bit in Paul’s story about cheering on Ronnie.

     

     

    Maybe a typo but made me laugh.:-)

  11. As long as we always distinguish between a bad loser and some one like billy McNeill who whilst hating to lose always took on the chin with dignity.

  12. HEN1RIK on 15TH JUNE 2016 12:45 PM

     

    Any fan looking for info on whether there’s a time bar to take cases to UEFA here it is. Art 37. https://t.co/whiclVjKeR

     

     

     

    I think it’s about time Celtic get their ar*e in gear before they have a very unhappy fan base on their hands.

     

     

    It is time that folk on here realised that either there will be no statement, or at best, one of the blandest nature.

  13. QUONNO on 15TH JUNE 2016 1:10 PM

     

     

    Of course a statement is far less important than actually asking UEFA to investigate.

  14. Quonno

     

     

    Long time lurker but new poster. I think fans would have maybe been better waiting to see if / what the board say on Res 12 before giving them all that season ticket money. Do they have any incentive to say anything which supports Res12 and the fans – one wonders. And before anyone says it – I’m not a troll and have actually bought the Res 12 T shirt days ago – it’s not arrived yet though.

  15. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Cassius Clay was a great boxer.

     

     

    A shocking racist?

     

     

    No two ways about it, however that was when he was young.

     

     

    The chap certainly changed his racist views when he got older though.

     

     

    Good read Paddy Monaghan, the bare knuckle boxer – If people claim Cassius was a racist, this book rubbished the allegations.

     

     

    Clay was a miserable bassa with money?

     

     

    I’d say so – but there are millions of people who hate spending money – doesn’t mean that they are bad.

     

     

    Draft dodger?

     

     

    Contentious objector.

     

     

    It never ends.

     

     

    An unfortunate human trait – always looking for perfection in others, when nobody is perfect.

     

     

    Apart from Jesus Christ, and Jesus is God.

     

     

    HH.

  16. The Battered Bunnet on

    The Res 12 guys have bust their asses over the past 3 years to progress the matter to the point it’s now at.

     

     

    They asked a question, the answer to which they didn’t know. It was a question worth asking.

     

     

    In due course, the matter will come to it’s conclusion, and doubtless the ‘answer’ will not be to everyone’s liking. I’d hazard a guess that there are several layers of answer, each with its own implications, connotations and significance.

     

     

    Remember when the curtain comes down on Res 12 that the actors didn’t write the script. But they’ve played their part wonderfully.

  17. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    HEN1RIK on 15TH JUNE 2016 12:45 PM

     

    Any fan looking for info on whether there’s a time bar to take cases to UEFA here it is. Art 37. https://t.co/whiclVjKeR

     

     

     

    I think it’s about time Celtic get their ar*e in gear before they have a very unhappy fan base on their hands.

     

     

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    Ta.

     

     

    Article 38.2 seems to allow for a time limit to be extended at the discretion of UEFA Club Financial Control Body Chairman or Chief Investigator.

     

     

    So the time limit isn’t absolute.

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  18. Just think!

     

     

    If Ronaldo had scored one of his two clear cut chances last nite hits frosty ness could have thawed!

     

     

    Premadonnana doing what all good premadonna’s do. Deflecting from his own failure to secure Portugal victory.

     

     

    I’m sure a wee view of his bank account will see him get over it.

     

     

    I hope Iceland win their remaining games and win the group.

     

     

    Any comparison of Ronaldo to Ali is at best silly.

     

     

    MWD

  19. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Today’s fights from a rioting casuals viewpoint

     

     

    Slovaks V Slovaks

     

     

    Romanians V Alemmanic Germans

     

     

    Gauls V Albanians

     

     

    Medieval CSC

  20. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ” Ronnie ” criticised the tactics of his Icelandic opponents after the game and made lame excuses for the faiiure of Portugal to win.

     

     

    This mentality may popularise football to the classless Ally Mc Coists of this world.

     

    Who needs more of them ?

     

     

    Can`t remember Ali ever making excuses after a disappointing result.

     

     

    Can remember Celtic players receiving a bonus for the manner in which they accepted defeat.

     

    Courtesy Sean Fasllon.

     

    I think. :-)

  21. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    16 ROADS – CELTIC ÜBER ALLES… on 15TH JUNE 2016 1:24 PM

     

     

    Ali described Caucasians as “white devils.”

     

    Copyright Elijah Mohamed .

  22. Nags ? I have been told to back Mr Owen e/w currently 28/1in in the 5.00 race at ascot now back to lurking & good luck

  23. Why do some keep asking when Celtic will make a statement on Res12. Or other matters. Why is there a need to know?

     

     

    I know the answer.

     

     

    It will be never or sometime.

     

     

    And if a statement is made on any subject you’ll be able to read about it then.

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