If anyone doesn't know who Christiano Ronaldo is...now they know. Some regard the 29 year old Captain of Portugal as the best soccer player on planet Earth. He became the most expensive footballer in history when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth £80 million (€94 million/$132 million). Rolando's contract with Real Madrid, under the terms of which he is paid €21 million per year (after taxes), makes him the highest-paid footballer in the world.
"He made a great cross," said Howard, Ronaldo's former teammate from their days at Manchester United. "Football's cruel sometimes."
Take a look:
The elegant crossing pass was why they call soccer the beautiful game. The way he curled the ball takes your breath away. Americans will never forget that assist/goal.
When they hear his name, it's the first image that will come into their mind. Some U.S.A. fans had gently mocked Rolando before the game, consuming Messi highlights and forgetting about Rolando.
That's a shame...
To put this in American sports terms....this is the equivalent of Ray Allen hitting that 3 in closing seconds to tie up game 6 last year to put the game into overtime. Everyone knew the Spurs were going to lose the overtime period, as well as game 7. Now U.S.A. has to beat a healthy Germany to assure themselves a second round birth.
The advancement scenarios for Team USA when it plays Germany on Thursday:
1. Win against Germany
2. Tie Germany
3. Have Ghana-Portugal match end in a tie
4. Win tiebreaker with the Ghana-Portugal winner
1. Goal difference in all group matches
2. Goals scored in all group matches
3. Points in matches between tied teams
4. Goal difference in matches between tied teams
5. Goals scored in matches between tied teams
6. Drawing of lots
Team USA and Germany currently each have four points, while Portugal and Ghana have one. Germany in plus-4 in goal differential, USA is plus-1, while Ghana is minus-1 and Portugal is minus-4.
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