a lot more people would love the Portuguese team if not for Cristiano Ronaldo’s terrible (almost twenty-)twos antics.  what with all his “it’s just not fair!” stomping around, the phrase “petulant child” comes to mind.  i think the average beer-gut fan relates more to the underdog/workhorse looks of 22-y-o Ribery than to the pretty-boy pout of the Portuguese Priss.  one day i can totally see him being a great player…he’s got the skills and the speed…for now, his Wikipedia page is partially locked down due to persistent vandalism.  if that doesn’t say “controversial”, i don’t know what does.

and for the sunday final:

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actually, let’s just make it more general: