The Extraterrestrial is in danger of a rapid demise
Ronaldo is a three times FIFA world player of the year. He is still only 29 years old and should be at the height of his career. So it came as a real shame to The Extraterrestial - fantastic nickname! - look so out of it in both performances against Arsenal.
His performances were so sluggish, and his physique so out of good conditioning, that it is hard to think that he is the same player who regularly made phenomenal slalom dribbles for Barcelona in the late nineties and was the figurehead for a Brazilian team that eased to World Cup glory in 2002.
Before the first leg he publicly said that he feels unappreciated by the Madrid fans despite a fantastic goal-scoring record of 93 goals in 146 matches. This massive indication of his general despondency was reflected in his demeanour on the pitch, and of course his disturbingly overweight physical appearance.
Ronaldo's ability - that has been so fantastic to watch since his arrival on the football scene - does not deserve to go to waste. He is, however, in danger of turning into a joke figure, and that would be a poor way for such a great footballing talent to finish his career. The World Cup should be used as an incentive to for him to turn things around; I hope he does.