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Ronaldo – The Most Iconic Icon Ever?

Over the years football has created many iconic figures from George Best to Franz Beckenbauer and more recently Luis Figo to David Beckham. Many displayed their talents to the world during World Cup Finals and major European competitions, others weren’t so lucky. Some built their status using their football ability, skill and success while others achieved notoriety and iconic status thanks to their off-field activities and obvious good looks. Others meanwhile, used a mixture of both to become an ICON. One thing’s for sure though; icons are only ever created from supremely talented footballers.

I believe George Best was the first footballer to receive iconic status thanks to his good looks, his charm, his immaculate dress sense and his willingness to party and be seen in all the ‘coolest’ places with all the coolest people. He was one hell of a footballer though, some will say the ‘Best’ quite literally, others may disagree, one thing’s for sure though, the boy born in Belfast will always be remembered for both his football and his not so private life.

Icons, role models, celebrities; call them what you will, it’s all the same thing. Since the swinging sixties that saw George Best caress the media (for a short while) and show the (then) modern footballer exactly what was on offer if you so wished for it, names such as Pele, Cruyff, Moore, Beckenbauer, Maradona and Eusebio trip off the tongue with consummate ease.

More recent additions to the iconic list of footballers though, have paved the way for what really matters to today’s ‘Wannabe ICON’…..Fame & Fortune…..and lots of it, eclipsing anything gained by their predecessors.

Today’s ICON is a business, a brand, and none more so than Cristiano Ronaldo, formerly of Manchester United now achieving incredible personal accolades with Real Madrid; his boyhood club of dreams.

But for playing in an era that boasts Lionel Messi in it, Ronaldo would undoubtedly be crowned the World’s best player year-on-year, the two of them are attempting and potentially succeeding in raising the bar of what a World Class player is, both are potentially the greatest ever players the world has seen ahead of Pele, Maradona and others.

But whilst Messi has taken the more skilful, more sedate route to super-stardom, Ronaldo has bullishly forced his way to the top via his thunderous freekicks, powerful running and his insatiable desire to score goals. Not only that, but Ronaldo has learned from the master of image creation and keenly took a leaf out of his book. I am of course talking about David Beckham.

Ronaldo, like Beckham, has successfully introduced his own range of merchandise to further his status and celebrity.

Ronaldo signed for football memorabilia company ‘Icons’ in 2005 at just 20 years of age after recently arriving in Manchester to play for United. By the time Real Madrid paid a world record fee of £80M for his services in 2009, Ronaldo had already achieved what many icons never achieve both individually and collectively.

Approaching his peek at 27, clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga, on course for possibly another crack at Champions League glory and captaining his national team (Portugal) in the European Championsships this summer, 2012 could be one of the greatest ever years for any footballer of any generation. Ronaldo is currently averaging 6 goals for every 5 games he plays ….unbelievably that £80M now seems like pocket money!

The modern day fan is fuelled by a similarly insatiable appetite to that of Ronaldo’s goal scoring with thousands upon thousands wishing to purchase his (and many others) signed shirts, boots, pictures and even sweaty socks!

Right now you could ‘WIN A SIGNED CRISTIANO RONALDO SHIRT’ with also offer a huge range of Manchester United merchandise with iconic players past and present offering signed merchandise from icons such as Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs amongst others.

The full range of CR7 (Ronaldo) merchandise includes his Nike Mercurial boots (signed), Home & Away Real Madrid jerseys (signed) and framed prints of his memorable opening goal in the Moscow Champions League final in 2008 vs Chelsea.

Don’t forget to enter the competition on to be in with a chance to win your signed Ronaldo shirt, while you’re there you should check out this immensely impressive list of icons the site has on their books, all with merchandise just waiting to be snapped up.

You can also follow on Twitter @icons_football

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  1. RedDevilEddy

    21 March 2012 at 18:57

    Well written Ian, but I still think Beckham will shade it. As long as football has been, he’s probably the biggest brand you’ll find, in a person at least.


  2. Stephen

    21 March 2012 at 19:22

    Cantona is the biggest icon in recent United history.
    Best is the United’s greatest icon.
    Messi is the greatest player in the World. I did love Zidane.
    What is an icon, David Beckham? Media whores? God knows……
    Happy Birthday Eddy and Moscow!
    Come on Chelsea!
    Just got back from Vagas, I can’t think straight!

    • RedDevilEddy

      21 March 2012 at 20:38

      @Stephen: Get some sleep mate! 😆 😆

    • Ian

      21 March 2012 at 21:49

      @Stephen: You’ve turned very aggressive recently Stephen! 😆

    • Moscow is my heaven

      21 March 2012 at 22:55

      @Stephen: I hope you’re OK mate 😆

  3. Owen

    21 March 2012 at 19:39

    Only and Only Maradona…

    • Andrei

      21 March 2012 at 20:28

      @Owen: I’m in Maradona’s camp too. Btw, say all you want about Chelsea performance this season but they definitely know how to play City or rather get under their skin.

  4. godzilla

    21 March 2012 at 20:04

    Probably Beckham from a United perspective. And for the first time ever am cheering for roman’s mafia boys. Go chelsea. 78% domination. For city so far :/

  5. RedDevilEddy

    21 March 2012 at 20:39

    Zidane is the best footballer ever, Messi may be there one day but nobody is even close to touching the Frenchman. Zizou is God!

    • Opti

      21 March 2012 at 20:41

      @RedDevilEddy: Judging from success on field, Zidane may edge Messi purely because of Zidane’s success at International Stage (i.e. World Cup); however, Messi is shattering records left and right with this Barca outfit. Can he pull Argentina to glory… I cannot see a lucid argument for anyone but Messi.

    • Owen

      21 March 2012 at 20:43

      @RedDevilEddy: What Zidane did ,Messi does too(exception – world cup) and 250 goals at age of 24 years.World had never and will never see a better player than this genius named Messi.

      • Opti

        21 March 2012 at 21:41

        @Owen: how do you define “better”? Trophies (both have 3 ECL trophies)? World Cups (Zidane)? Universal excellence (Zidane succeeded in France, Italy, and Spain)?

        Based on quality is really hard to judge… Ronaldo, Zidane, and Messi will ALL go down as greats. There is no “better” and “best” in those echelons of super-quality.

        • RedDevilEddy

          21 March 2012 at 21:44

          @Opti: My personal choice is Zidane. Ronaldo is super-human, a machine, Messi is unique in the way he just glides past opponents, but Zizou is just poetry in motion. Messi is a wonderful player, no doubt about that, but then again would he be as succesful without Xavi? Probably the best midfielder this world has ever seen, at least in the vision/supplier category. Don’t want to get into an argument about it, but it will take a lot of doing by anyone to ever knock Zizou off his perch.

        • Andrei

          22 March 2012 at 00:15

          @RedDevilEddy: Eddy, you are probably too young to be able see Maradona in live action. Not just the highlights. He was the definition of one-man team. No football player in history be it Zidane, Platini, Ronaldo or Cruiff could even closely match the impact Maradona had on the teams he played for. His presence turned an average group of players into a true championship caliber team. Think about Napoli winning thier first ever Seria A and European Cup titles. Think about very mediocre Argentinian side winning World Cup and making the finals four years later. It is not just the goals he scored or his unsurpassed individual skills. It is how made everyone around to him to be a much better player.

        • RedDevilEddy

          22 March 2012 at 11:02

          @Andrei: Never seen Diego. Of course I’ve seen some highlights, but that’s pretty much it. Although I doubt it would change my opinion, who you consider the best player ever is a personal choice. I’ve always liked Ronaldo(9), and strikers like him who can do everything, but it’s the Zizou, Bergkamp type of players who will be my personal choice. I think Bergkamp could have been amongst the best players in the world if he hadn’t stuck to Arsenal, they were a sad bunch even when they were brilliant! His goal against Argentina will never be forgotten… But Zizou shades it, he simply had it all. Really, he had everything you could ask from a footaller. Ultimate perfection in many ways, long live the bald one! 😆

        • RedDevilEddy

          22 March 2012 at 14:00

          @RedDevilEddy: Did I just say that I’d never seen Diego, yet I’ve still seen him? Wow, that’s what Skrillex in the morning does to you.

  6. Opti

    21 March 2012 at 20:39

    Al City vs. Lokomotiv Chelsea 😀

  7. RedDevilEddy

    21 March 2012 at 20:41

    Happy birthday Moscow! March is the best time to grow old 😀

  8. godzilla

    21 March 2012 at 21:32

    Fucking crap 2-1

  9. RedDevilEddy

    21 March 2012 at 21:41

    Oh well, guess we’ll just have to win the League at their place…

  10. RedDevilEddy

    21 March 2012 at 21:58

    You say a joke that get repeated all the time loses it’s value, but I’m still getting pissed at Liverpool! 😆 😆

  11. gator

    21 March 2012 at 22:12

    fek essien leaves his hands down and the league is done. guess we will have to beat them at their house to show them money cant buy class 8)

  12. Moscow is my heaven

    21 March 2012 at 23:02

    Nice one Chelsea 🙄 Cheers Eddy 🙂

    Despite the goals he is scoring for Real, Ronaldo had his best years at Old Trafford. He was one of those rare players who made me jump out of my seat. He’s an unbelievable physical specimen, the football equivalent of Nadal, and athletically there is none better. He lost me in the summer of 2008 though. That was painful.

  13. Moscow is my heaven

    21 March 2012 at 23:04

    Messi can also suck my dick until he proves himself without Xaviesta and his Barca bumboys :mrgreen:

    “My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder.” – Zinedine Zidane

  14. Jeet

    22 March 2012 at 05:18

    No doubt Ronaldo is the most iconic amongst the current crop. Wasn’t born to see Georgie Best live (neither The Stones, The Doors and Grateful Dead amongst others, much to my eternal regret) and didn’t follow international football so closely during Maradona’s heydey. Also, isn’t our own Giggsy supposed to have been a wildboy with all the supermodels going down on him when he was a kid?

    The debate on who’s a better player (Messi, Zizou, Maradona, CR7) is unending. I also think the original (now fat) Ronaldo is definitely one of the best players the world has ever seen. The man was a beast, in every sense of the term. But no doubt about the fact that CR7 is the most “iconic”.

    One question though – who do you think is the better player? CR7 or Giggsy in his prime? CR7 has more in his locker, but even without the longevity question (which does come into play when you do the final calculations) I thought Giggsy brought more to the team. What do you guys think?

  15. Robbie

    22 March 2012 at 06:45

    Messi rarely even needs help these days…he does everything himself, I’ve never seen a player be so productive in terms of his assists and goals, on footballing ability he’s better than everyone else

    • AndyCR7

      22 March 2012 at 08:25

      @Robbie: The defense in la liga is seriously weak. I mean even the top 2 teams hardly ever manage to keep clean sheet.

      And what about the keepers, they should know that 90% of the time messi is gonna chip the ball. Not undermining messi’s ability but still even the keepers are shite.

    • RedDevilEddy

      22 March 2012 at 10:57

      @Robbie: Barca tend to pass the ball into the net every game, and I don’t buy into the “he does everything himself” nonesense. 23 of his goals this season have been on first, or second touch, doesn’t strike me as someone who does it all by himself. Barca’s tactics, along with having the wonderful Xavi and Iniesta, get the best out of him.

  16. Ian

    22 March 2012 at 14:33

    You’re all obsessed with Barcelona, you need to have a word with yourselves 😈

    • Stephen

      22 March 2012 at 19:18

      @Ian: Mate you are being very aggressive bro, ps I have been saying this for ages! 😆 😉

  17. Robbie

    22 March 2012 at 14:57

    @AndyCR7, I’d have argued that la liga defences were bad before we got outplayed by Bilbao. Just because there’s not as many “hardmen” like there is in england doesn’t mean their defenses are shit, La liga is just a little more technical and tactical. @RedDevilEddy I also bought into the myth that Messi needs xavi and iniesta, but in truth these days its all him, he was involved in all of barcas 5 goals this weekend.Xavi and Iniesta don’t start every game that he does. Its he that’s the difference in the games between Real and barca.

  18. Stephen

    22 March 2012 at 19:21

    Messi is a fantastic player, a real credit to the game, end of.

    • Moscow is my heaven

      22 March 2012 at 19:25

      @Stephen: You’ve become very aggressive lately 😛

      • Stephen

        22 March 2012 at 19:34

        @Moscow is my heaven: 😆 😆 😆

        • Ian

          22 March 2012 at 21:08

          @Stephen @Moscow is my heaven

          B*******a is now barred……! Comments containing that word will be sent for moderation! #notlying

  19. Opti

    22 March 2012 at 22:09

    testing bitcha$$ bithcass

    • Opti

      22 March 2012 at 22:10

      @Opti: haha!!! I am untraceable!!! BITCHASSES!

  20. RedDevilEddy

    22 March 2012 at 23:21


    He’s fucked more full-backs than a Pikachu on roids!

  21. RedDevilEddy

    22 March 2012 at 23:24

    Zizou is God.

  22. RedDevilEddy

    23 March 2012 at 00:10

    Any chance of Giuseppe Rossi returning this summer with Berba leaving?? I definately wouldn’t mind!

    • AndyCR7

      23 March 2012 at 05:29

      @RedDevilEddy: another midget?

      • RedDevilEddy

        23 March 2012 at 11:41

        @AndyCR7: Does it really matter anymore? Chicho has got as many headed goals as Welbz’ done this season, with Wazza scoring more headers than Crouch, Drogba and Demba Ba as well. He’s hardly a big lad is he?

        • Stephen

          23 March 2012 at 11:59

          @RedDevilEddy: Nah, we don’t need him. Andy was spot on, we don’t need another dwarf. With Berba leaving we will need more height in attack, the Prem is a big mans league.

        • Ian

          23 March 2012 at 12:43

          No one’s tried to mention ‘you know what’ since last night yet! I was expecting to log on to find a load of extra comments up for moderation but there’s none due to the words that are now banned! 🙂

        • thatboywazza

          23 March 2012 at 15:36

          @Ian: whispers Voldermort 😀 the great axis of Ev0l

        • AndyCR7

          23 March 2012 at 13:12

          @RedDevilEddy: It’s not about scoring headers only. It’s about the physical presence which Drogba has but crouch does not. Chicha go down on slightest of touches. We don’t need another midget.

  23. RedDevilEddy

    23 March 2012 at 11:49

    Sir Alex just used a chainsaw to remove every potential genital from Mancini’s body…. That was fucking brutal, keep em coming!

    • Stephen

      23 March 2012 at 11:53

      @RedDevilEddy: That was vintage Fergie, keep them coming SAFFY!!! 😆 😆

  24. thatboywazza

    23 March 2012 at 15:41

    I rather we buy two attacking mid fielders than another striker.We have some very talented strikers,with different qualities.Rather give macheda or one of the reserve lads a chance.

    • Ian

      23 March 2012 at 16:58

      Will Keane’s possible?

  25. Moscow is my heaven

    23 March 2012 at 17:05

    Any updates on Bebe?

  26. Opti

    23 March 2012 at 17:12

    Fergie came out and stated that he is looking to speed up our playing style and therefore get rid of Berba (and likely Macheda too). That makes Rossi a possibility, but I think a younger striker will be bought instead… or a skillful AM or winger.

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