You know who it’s gotta suck to be right now? Cristiano Ronaldo. Because no matter what the guy does, he’ll be criticized 8 ways to Sunday. In a way, he’s carrying his entire country on his back, as unfair as it is. Good thing he’s got a lot of self-belief and a good team to play with. But is it enough to beat Spain? We’ll know tomorrow. If he has an on day and La Roja has an off day, we could be looking at a very different final than we all suspect.
Coach Paulo Bento and Hugo Almeida were at the presser today. Of course, much of the talk was about Cris. That’s gotta be frustrating. The facial expressions and body language make Bento look already defeated. But perhaps he’s just exhausted and sick of the press whirl. Can you blame him?
No matter what the result tomorrow, I think both Spain and Portugal can hold their heads high. Best of luck to them!