To those out of the loop, the Champions League is like the NCAA tournament of European club soccer. Obviously though, it’s a hell of a lot bigger. Reigning champions Manchester United, lackluster on the pitch recently, traveled to the Estádio do Dragão (Stadium of the Dragon) to take on FC Porto yesterday. United needed a win to advance, Porto just a tie. The only problem was that no English team had ever beaten Porto on Portuguese soil.
Just six minutes in, Manchester’s lone Portuguese starter fires a cracker. 40 yards out. 65 mph.
Porto never recovers and Manchester moves on. All because of Ronaldo (the newer, skinnier one). He’s the reigning World Player of the Year and likely to take the award for ’09 as well. Yes, he thinks he’s God—and occasionally he plays like it. The great ones do.