"I feel a broken man, completely disconsolate, frustrated and an unimaginable sadness. ... I am a human being and like any human being I suffer and I have the right to suffer alone."
Where once the world was a riot of swimsuit models, all is now isolation and dread. Where once life could be greeted in a pink polo shirt with the collar popped, it can now be faced only through a pair of mirrored sunglasses in whose lenses the philosopher sees nothing but himself.
Ronaldo also used his newfound alienation to explain why he seemed to blame Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz for the loss in the moments after the match. "When I said put the question [of why we lost] to the coach, it is just because Carlos Queiroz was holding a press conference. I was not in a position to explain what was what."
No one is, Cristiano, not even in a press conference. It's enough to make anyone spit.