This week, Christiano Ronaldo announced he was the greatest football player of his era. Serena Williams thwarted the theft of her mobile phone and compared herself with Superwoman. Together with the self-obsessed comments of Jose Mourinho, the stories raise interesting questions about the fragile egos of some of our sporting heroes and heroines
The Special One
The stories are familiar to sports fans around the world. In football, the apparent decline in the fortunes of Chelsea Football Club has been accompanied over several months by a remarkable series of outbursts by Jose Mourinho, the self-styled Special one. This week his doting fans at Chelsea roared support as his team won their mid-week Champions League match. His agent has also come to his defense as Jose continues to make headlines with interviewers in which he appears to be increasingly self-deluded. He has most recently lost his appeal against a £50,000 fine and a different punishment of a stadium ban.
The Greatest One
Christiano Ronaldo who is currently playing for Real Madrid is widely regarded as one of the two top players of football playing today, along with Lionel Messi, who plays for Real’s bitterest rivals, Barcelona. This week in an interview with the BBC he makes the claim that he is the greatest football player around.
The Heroic One
On the Day Ronaldo made his claim for sporting greatness, Serena hit the headlines when a very misguided person attempted to steal her mobile phone. I personally would prefer to snatch his World Cup winners medal from Richie MaCaw. I will let Serena tell the story in her own words
“Yesterday at dinner the craziest thing happened to me. A man grabbed my phone and swiftly left.
Not thinking I reacted (hence the superwoman photo), I jumped up, weaved my way in and out of the cosy restaurant (leaping over a chair or two) and chased him down I was too fast and was upon him in a flash. In the most menacing, yet calm, no-nonsense voice I could muster, I kindly asked him if he ‘accidentally’ took the wrong phone. He stumbled on his words, probably not expecting this to happen. Eventually he said: ‘Gosh, you know what, I did! It was so confusing in there. I must have grabbed the wrong phone.’
This is a win for the ladies and showed every man in there I can stand up to bullies”.
A pointless debate?
Serena Williams is considered the greatest female player of her era.
Ronaldo admits that he rates himself as the greatest player of his day although others may disagree. Mourinho began the new season with an unaccustomed burst of modesty in which he indicated he no longer wanted to be considered the special one. The more this is up for debate, the harder he tries to reclaim the self-imposed title. Some might argue that any further debate is arguably pointless.
The leadership question?
Is it coincidence that Serena failed in her attempt to win her Serena Slam (winning all four Open championships in the calendar year 2015) at the US Open in September? Or that Jose has lost much of his aura of managerial supremacy? Or that those who vote on such things continue to award Messi the accolade of football player of the year rather than Ronaldo?
The media hype angle
Another well-received perspective is that celebrities collude with the media in creating and sustaining their images. Ronaldo is keen to give an interview with an interesting story in it on the week before his film Ronaldo appears on pubic release on November 9 2015.