"I am very openly supportive of Manchester United so if anyone feels a bit angry, disappointed or sad if I criticize another team (ahem ahem....harshly), please forgive me. It’s in my blood."
There are evidently two kinds of fan following.
The first are, of course, the 'through thick and thin' fans. Those who will tattoo Champions League trophies on their arms (without actually winning one), paint themselves red and die for their clubs, also known as 'the True Fans.'
Others are the infamous 'Gloryhunters'. Those who support the teams that are on top or winning or which have won. Seeing the last three years they wouldn’t have to change much, would they?
But I'm confident that I’ve found a third kind.
For the last few years 'the Gloryhunters' joined the United fan club along with me and since we continued winning they decided to remain with me. A Red Devil forever.
Then one fine morning a huge headline splashed across all the papers.
"Ronaldo to Real Madrid. Record Transfer Fee."
To be honest, I was very disappointed. Ronaldo provided something that nobody in the club's history provided. The amazing thing is that I don’t know what that 'thing' is but, when Ronaldo was on the field, confidence was high.
I went to meet my friends that day and I could expect what the day's topic of conversation was going to be, but they all seemed so intent on talking about Real Madrid and their money.
I was scratching my head thinking, what could have brought about this change when my friend whacked me on my head.
He told me what an idiot I am. "Didn’t you read the papers?" he asked. "Yeah, I did". Then i just recalled what i had read and it struck me. Madrid had made a bid for Kaka! That’s when my friend again smacked me and called me a dolt.
He turned around and what he showed me horrified me.
No it was not what you think. He was wearing a Real Madrid jersey with..wait..oh man......Ronaldo written on it.
That’s when I realized that Ronaldo was much more than what I felt he was. He was a magnet for fans. I looked around me and realized something i never felt I’d realize.
I was the lone Red Devil.
There was a time when me and my friends used to pick on some Arsenal wimp and scare him off.
But now I was that wimp. All the Real fans were laughing at me as if Ronaldo was the base of the world's tallest building called Manchester United. What was worse, that Arsenal guy was laughing as well.
What is it about Ronaldo that makes people go after him?
One said looks (seriously?), another his tricks (ok, valid) and another just spat out " Man United ain't gonna win this year!"
Just because Ronaldo goes, it’s all over for United? What about Rooney? And Berbatov? Rio? Vida? Fletcher? Van Der Sar? Were they just show pieces??
Now I’m alone, and believe me, I'm that wimp and the Arsenal guy still laughs at me. Micheal Faraday might have found his successor in Cristiano Ronaldo.