Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo, Albert Fantrau, and Sportsmanship

The other day, I found a remarkable story about Cristiano Ronaldo. I have no idea if it is actually true considering it came from a not so reliable source.... However, even if it isn't, it can be treated as a story with an amazing moral. 

It was about how the Sporting Lisbon Academy came to one of Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammate Albert Fantrau. The academy told them that whoever scored the most goals in that very game would be able come to train at the academy. Cristiano scored the first, Albert scored the second. Then for the third goal Albert beat the keeper, and all he had to do was knock the ball in the net, but instead he passed to Ronaldo. Ronaldo scored the third and final goal and went on to go to the Sporting Lisbon Academy. After that game, Ronaldo asked Albert why he had done such a thing for him. Albert replied, "You are better than me." Albert's soccer career ended after that, and he became unemployed. When he was asked how he was able to have a nice house and support his family so well he replied, "It is by Ronaldo!"

The Story.
Photo credit: Sports Keeda

I am obsessed with this story. I can't believe that this man would give up his entire career in soccer so that his teammate could pursue his instead. It is unbelievable, and I don't know if I would have the integrity to do that. It is also amazing that Ronaldo has recognized what a sacrifice that was for Albert and has decided to help support Albert and his family in return. This is a true example of good sportsmanship. In soccer it can be hard to be a good sport. It is rough when you are playing against that one team you can't stand and you want to win so badly, and then the ref makes a stupid call and you lose. The easy way out is to get mad and bad mouth the ref and put up a fit. The easy way out is to blame the loss on the ref. The easy way out is to start playing dirty to get back at the other team. It is much harder to accept the fact that it isn't all the refs fault. It may of been a wrong call, but you should not of let the game come down to a single call. If you wanted to win badly enough you would of been winning 5-0 and a single PK or Free Kick wouldn't of determined the end result. 

So I guess I am just trying to say that the next time you are playing a sport to remember to have good sportsmanship because I can guarantee if Albert can give up his professional soccer career you can accept a bad call by a ref. 

"Not everyone wins all the time, as a matter of fact, no one wins all the time. Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough. But, you learn more from one loss than you do from a million wins. You learn a lot about sportsmanship. I mean, it's really tough to shake the hand of someone who just beat you, and it's even harder to do it with a smile." 
- Amy Van Dyken

Until next time,
Erin

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