Cristiano Ronaldo Handed Fine And Two Match Ban

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World record soccer signing Cristiano Ronaldo was banned Tuesday for 2 matches by the Spanish Football Federation two days after he broke the nose of Patrick Mtiliga, a Malaga defender, in Real Madrids 2-0 Sunday win. Ronaldo, who was a world record signing over the summer from Manchester United, was also fined just over $800 for dangerous play that caused harm which is loose change for someone being paid an estimated $350,000 a week for doing a few step overs and falling over at the merest hint of contact.


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This is not the first time Ronaldo has been unavailable for Real Madrid this season. He lost 6 weeks with an ankle injury in October and was sent off in a match against Almeria in December after kicking an opponent. Nor is it the first time he has had violent disciplinary issues; in 2008 he was banned for 3 matches after headbutting an opponent. At the time, Ronaldo said he learned a lot" from the experience. Presumably he learned to use his legs rather than his head next time.

But to many, Ronaldo is the face of football. Guys want to be him, girls want to be with him so heres a video showing why we all love Ronaldo. Picture the scene it's July 2004 and Ronaldo was representing his native Portugal in the 2004 European Football Championship Final. Greece, who were 150-1 outsiders before the championship started, won 1-0 and were crowned champions. The headbutting, kicking Ronaldo was reduced to tears no one is quite sure why. Some say he was overcome by the emotion of the match, coming so close but just falling short. Others say after the match someone passed him a mirror and he saw how ridiculous he looked with his ludicrous diamond earrings. Maybe we will never know why.