To watch Ronaldo play nowadays reminds me a lot about inequality.
Ronaldo is obviously overweight still. For all the talk about his efforts to get in shape, we got to realize that almost 6 months of activity is more than enough to get a professional in top physical condition. Ronald must (and if you read the papers they will confirm it) still be living the lifestyle of a rich, semi-retired athlete. Little sleep, fatty foods, lots of alcohol.
Still, he is one of the best players in activity in Brazil. He touches the ball 3 or 4 times, and scores tremendously important goals. You watch him playing and it is simplicity and efficiency to the extreme. Like all his goals during his current stint at Corinthians, it’s almost like defenders all over the place are just not playing right. Scoring a goal cannot be that simple.
Which of course it is not. The point is exactly that: for all his weight and lack of fitness, Ronaldo still has talent. Plenty of it. In this specific situation, that has been making a big difference.
All being said and done, Ronaldo could not win anything by himself. Many would say it’s all about the team and I can’t disagree. But the important thing to notice is not that the team has the quality to help Ronaldo; the important thing to me here is that the team was able to use Ronaldo’s talent and get the best of what he can provide.
Again, not something simple to do. Can you imagine most of his team mates, giving their best everyday and seeing a fat-old guy getting all the breaks, glory and most of the money?
Still, would they be better off if Ronaldo was not there or if they found a way to sabotage him?
You know when people say that “it is not about avoiding problems, but how you deal with them?” To me, one of the most important indicators on how successful a person will be is the way that person deals with people more talented than himself.
Does it bother you to no end that the other person makes more money and gets more attention even though he doesn’t work as hard as you? Does it make you feel that life is unfair that talent is just given randomly? Or does it make you wonder at human potential? Maybe even makes you strive to work even harder to meet the challenge? Or maybe the way to see this is that, no matter what, you have to find ways to leverage these people to your own advantage?
Being selfish is not that easy when you stop to think about it.