Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pandiani: "Cristiano has a screw loose, should be more like Messi"

As the players walked to the tunnel for halftime of Real Madrid's 1-0 loss to Osasuna last Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo and Walter Pandiani started jawing at each other. Clearly frustrated by the way the match was going, Ronaldo reportedly taunted Pandiani by asking him how much money he makes. Pandiani, displaying a quick wit to go with his crazy-person eyes, supposedly responded by listing all the trophies he's won in Spain (Copas del Rey with Deportivo La Coruna, Mallorca and Espanyol, plus a Supercup with Deportivo).
It seems Pandiani isn't satisfied with the win over the weekend and making it known that he has more Spanish winner's medals than Ronaldo, though. From the AFP:
"You have to be more humble. When he wins the Supercups, the King's Cups that I have in Spain then maybe I will listen to him," Osasuna's Uruguayan striker told a news conference.
"As a footballer he is a phenomenon but to do the things he does, maybe he has a screw loose," Pandiani added.
"With his gestures and his cocky way of acting, he is the one who creates all the problems every weekend."
Pandiani advised Ronaldo to learn from Barcelona's Lionel Messi who he described as "the best in the world."
This really seems like a developing trend here. Opponents accusing Cristiano of being cocky and looking for a fight, then capping it off with an unfavorable comparison to Messi. The day Messi realizes how great he is and starts acting like a professional wrestling heel, all these guys are going to have to come up with a new way to try and puncture Ronaldo's ego. 

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