Miguel Orellana, Atletis Sports football writer
The most watched and played sport in the world and two of the biggest athlete’s in it are misrepresenting the beautiful game at the moment. American media has failed to cover these allegations because football has failed to grow in popularity within America. It seems like other headlines are more important such as Warriors part owner Mark Stevens pushing Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, is a priority. In an era where #metoo has become powerful by even taking down Hollywood executives; yet American sports media is worried about NBA free agency.
Cristiano Ronaldo, forward for Juventus in Italy, five-time Ballon d’Or winner, an award given by FIFA, to the best footballer in the world, remains in a legal battle to clear his name. The allegation charge against the Portuguese was never dropped but simply dismissed. Many American sporting outlets were headlining that the charge was dropped when in fact, were only stating false claims. An identical claim has since been filed but in federal court because of Cristiano Ronaldo’s nationality status as a foreigner. It serves the case better for it to be federally handled when a foreigner is involved.
Brazilian superstar, Neymar Jr. once again in the headlines for multiple incidents. The Brazilian now being linked back to a move to football club Barcelona from Paris-Saint Germain, finds himself in the middle of a legal problem. In violation of Brazil’s revenge porn statue Neymar Jr. must face the consequences if brought upon against him. He also denies any allegations of rape brought upon his name by the alleged victim 26-year-old student and model, Najila Trindade. Both of Neymar Jr’s off pitch fiascos are still under investigation.
Both of these superstars are amazing on the pitch but what they have been accused of off the pitch is serious and not a good look for them. In American standards this definitely should not sit well with people and should be given proper exposure until everything is cleared. Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. are accomplished athletes in the world of football but must face the consequences if found guilty. What we cannot deny is the level of play they display on the pitch. We hope that they can have a healthy uninterrupted career if they are found not guilty.
The enormous effect these allegations have for companies like Nike, EA Electronics, McDonalds, Red Bull, Gillette, Beats by Dre and others not mentioned. Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. both in their native countries of Portugal and Brazil are huge but abroad as well, where they dominate by being marketable on and off the pitch. They know how to sell style and culture but if found guilty and everyone drops Ronaldo and Neymar Jr., then what? Will this be the end of some great partnerships between business and athletes? Will this change the way companies handle sponsorships?
The fact that both of these allegations globally have good attention but not here in America is sad. Have we turned our shoulder to top stories like these because the football market is not huge in America? Right or wrong, these allegations are there, and we await to see the fate of some of today’s biggest football stars on the planet, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr.
Stats reveal Neymar better than Cristiano Ronaldo at 27. (2019, February 6). Retrieved from https://www.foxsportsasia.com/football/1037555/stats-reveal-neymar-better-than-cristiano-ronaldo-at-27/
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