True story -- Portugal soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has a famous namesake.
According to Wikipedia, the man that we know now by his two given names was born “the youngest child of Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, a cook, and José Dinis Aveiro, a municipal gardener. His second given name "Ronaldo" was chosen after then-U.S. president Ronald Reagan, who was his father's favorite actor.”
Also according to the official story line, the young “Ronaldo” grew up poor and staunchly Catholic. Also noted: “Ronaldo was popular with other students at school, but he was expelled after he threw a chair at his teacher. Ronaldo later said of the incident: ‘He disrespected me." At the age of 14, Ronaldo agreed with his mother to then focus entirely on football."
So, first of all....Cristiano Ronaldo sounds like a jerk! So last night, the United States men’s soccer team (which has a history with Portugal – having defeated them the one time they met in the World Cup in 2002) have every reason to want to make the Portuguese superstar (who also plays for Real Madrid, which was dictator Francisco Franco’s favorite team…just sayin’) want to forget this game faster than his dad’s inspiration St. Ronald forgot the Iran-contra scandal.
And for 94 heart-stopping minutes, the plan was working like a charm, as the gritty Americans – underdogs in the so-called “Group of Death” in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil – came back from an early hole to stand on the verge of a victory that would guarantee advancement to the second round of the tournament.
Then, Portugal tore down this ball (a flub by supposed star American midfielder Michael Bradley didn’t help) and Ronaldo, the “Gipper” of world soccer, aired a perfect pass to teammate Silvestre Varela for a heart-breaking, gut-punching 2-2 tie...re, um, a draw.
The U.S. still has an excellent chance of advancing when the final games in its group are played on Thursday, but the ending was a turnoff for millions of Johnny-come-lately American soccer fans, and familiar twinge of agita for longtime fans (like Your Blogger).
As a famous man once said…there you go again.