Why Ronaldo's anti-diving lecture shows he's still a deluded winker
It was one of those moments that prompt you to spit your morning cuppa over your newspaper – Cristiano Ronaldo giving a lecture about the evils of conning referees.
“I learned in England not to deceive the referees,” said the Real Madrid winger after being sent off for breaking the nose of Malaga defender Patrick Mtiliga with a swinging arm.”
He whinged: “I wouldn’t want to injure anybody. I’m not that type of person. I’m not a bad person. I only want to shine by playing football.”
Now Ronaldo is many things – the best footballer in the world arguably being one of them.
But for him to insist that he is more sinned against than sinning when it comes to playing the fall guy is something only his doting mum in Madeira would buy.
Ronaldo is 6ft 1inches, 13stones of pure muscle, a player with breathtaking skill.
But he was loathed by opposition fans in England as equally as he was loved by Manchester United supporters because whenever a defender went anywhere near him, he would put up about as much resistance as an Essex girl after a crate of Babycham .
He was a master when it came to the art of winning dodgy free kicks. A consummate con artist.
Ronaldo may well have improved that aspect of his game because of a few home truths delivered by Sir Alex Ferguson.
But did he ever apologise for his role in getting Wayne Rooney sent off at the 2006 World Cup in Germany?
No, because even to this day he believes he did nothing wrong.
He may have been innocent of deliberately giving Mtiliga the elbow.
But a Spanish appeal panel didn’t believe him and he must serve a two-match ban.
Like a lot of people, they must have thought Ronaldo is still an absolute winker.