Over the years there have been many great players. The Peles, The Maradonnas and many more. Players over the years have shone and shown their worth and class on the biggest of stages but one a Friday night in Socchi one man improved his already impressive status even further.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hattrick against former world champions Spain in what was an enthralling encounter on the world cup group stage. The game had everything. It was entertaining and exciting from start to finish but the night belonged to one man and that was Cristiano.
The Real Madrid forward who has been compared on many occasions to his Argentine rival Messi, tonight made sure that argument would go on even further after a masterclass in his opening game.
Personally I am not a fan of such arguments, choosing rather to enjoy and savour such amazing talents on display. But on Friday night I found myself jumping and shouting to the briliance of Cristiano Ronaldo.
He wasn’t the best player on the pitch mind you, but he did what he can do best and that is score score score. On three occasions. The argument will still reign on into the deep Russian night but there is no doubt that we just witnessed something special from a player who keeps on cementing his place as a true behemoth of the modern game of football.