Defeat biggest blow for RonaldoMay 28, 2009
Cristiano Ronaldo had admitted Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona was one of the biggest disappointments of his career.
Goals from Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi were enough to overcome Manchester United in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, denying Sir Alex Ferguson’s men the chance to become the first side to successfully defend the trophy since it was rebranded in 1992.
Ronaldo did cause Barca some early problems, but ultimately the Portuguese winger faded like his team, with Messi now set to claim the World Player of the Year prize he has cherished.
“This is one of the biggest disappointments of my career,” said Ronaldo.
“We were always confident before the game but unfortunately we couldn’t do it.”
Speculation is now bound to surface once more about whether the 24-year-old has played his final game for the Old Trafford outfit.
It was not a subject up for discussion this evening as Ronaldo came to terms with the defeat.
“It is always bad when you lose a final,” said Ronaldo.
“But we didn’t play well.
“We did okay in the first 10 minutes but you have to say Barcelona deserved to win.”