Cristiano Ronaldo is an all action hero. A muscular, handsome, talented movie star. His good looks are as lethal as the thunderbolts exploding out of his extravagant colorful boots. He’s fit, and he knows it.
But don’t let looks deceive you. He is a hard worker and a good teammate. The question is, could a physical specimen like Ronaldo fit into the Barcelona system? Could a man with a high maintenance ego fit into an organic style like Barca’s? Can Ronaldo be a humble servant of a system like Leo Messi is?
This brings me to ask a few questions: Is there a reason ego-filled players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic can’t make it at Barcelona? Is there a reason why Barcelona is a group of small, mostly unattractive men?
Could it be that the Barcelona system is designed for ego-less men? Can you imagine Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Leo Messi as tall and handsome players that show off their abs after scoring?
Pep Guardiola and Barca’s management are worried that Barca’s stars might be getting too famous. One of the reasons Gerard Piqué might leave the club this summer is that they think he is too focused on his celebrity persona.
It is absolutely essential for Barcelona’s stars to be professional, grounded, mat, almost clerk-like boring. Children of the system can’t be genuine superstars because the system is the only superstar in Barca’s dressing room.