Date: 2nd April 2008 at 5:16pm
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Pizarro believes Ronaldo lacks respect towards opponents. What about showing him some respect in the first place?

The diminutive (and thoroughly mediocre) midfielder believes Ronaldo is arrogant though hardly supported this theory with any kind of evidence.

‘There is no doubt that he has quality, but it is also true that he has a big head,’ Pizarro told the Italian press.

‘Some of his little tricks in the middle of the pitch were unnecessary and he needs to show some respect to his opposition.’

Oh really? I did not understand this respect thingy when Arsenal mentioned it in relation to Nani’s dribbling.

So, dribbling is forbidden now? Some of the tricks were unnecessary? Well, some of Roma’s passes were unncessary. Is that of a lack of respect shown towards the opponent?

Of course the issue is more serious than this. As in the case of Nani, Ronaldo was also kicked off the park for 70 minutes. Roma did not restrain from any kind of action to stop him and they had the leniency of the Belgian referee to aid them in this not so honourable quest.

There was an attack when Ronaldo was kicked three times in 10 seconds but the referee failed to blow his whistle. I’d ask every Roma player: isn’t it a lack of respect if they cynically try to destroy a player who has ten times the gifts they can dream of?

Of course I know the argument – that it does show respect actually. Well, fat lot of good that does if Ronaldo has to be carried off on a stretcher because of Roma’s tactics to stop him. What should he do? Hit back? No.

When the game was already won, Ronaldo demonstrated his technique, his array of skills and yes, perhaps he did it because he wanted to humiliate those players who kicked him off the park. Why is it so immoral? Surely using your skills to punish players who simply resorted to cynical fouls to stop him should be lauded?

It was exactly the same case with Nani. Arsenal players kicked him left, right and centre and then claimed moral high ground when he dared to do some tricks to show them he’s not intimidated. Cheeky, yes. Big-headed and arrogant, no.

And of course Pizarro’s misguided mission of machismo does not accept that there are skilful players who refuse to play as he wants them to play. Demonstrating his lack of brains, he made the following promise.

‘You can bet that we will have something to say about it in the return leg.’

Well, we are terrified really. After all, you set Old Trafford alight the last time you played a quarter-final second leg here, didn’t you?