“I’m a slave”. This is a quote from Cristiano Ronaldo made in July 2008. I say quote, I could replace that word with the word joke. Of course this can lead us to believe two things: either Ronaldo actually believes he is a slave or he doesn’t realise the meaning of the word slave. Let’s go with the first option, he thinks that he is a slave. This footballer who earns i??150,000 a week whether he plays or not, compares himself to people who are forced to work for little or no reward, people who are given no freedom and no rights.
Cristiano Ronaldo is not a slave. The only footballer who has came close to being a slave in the last twenty years is Jean-Marc Bosman. Bosman was playing for RFC Liege in 1990 when his contract ended, he wanted to move to French team Dunkerque but RFC Liege felt they deserved money out of the deal and therefore would not allow him to go unless Dunkerque gave them money. Dunkerque didn’t have the money and therefore RFC Liege dropped Bosman and reduced his wages to the minimum possible wage. Bosman then went to court and claimed $1,000,000 in damages.
Anyway, the point is Bosman went to court because he knew he was being wronged. Ronaldo, on the other hand, is just looking for a way out of a very good contract in order to get an even bigger contract. This begs the question: What’s more important club or contract? In one corner we have the footballers who play for the badge: Gary Neville, Paolo Maldini and Humood Sultan, while in the other corner we have, to quote Gwen Stefani’s song “What you waiting for? “, the players focused on their “million dollar contract”.
The likes of Robinho(who surely was going to mega-rich Chelsea until super mega-rich Manchester City stepped in) and David Beckham(Can you imagine him as a kid saying “I really want to play for LA Galaxy when I’m older? ). Now both these aforementioned players are very good and give their all for their countries but can anyone say that their club careers are not just a list of highest bidder after highest bidder. What happened to the days when a player went and played for their local team even if it meant less money?
Take Alan Shearer for example; in July 1996 he had the choice between his local team, Newcastle United, or the most successful team around at that time and the team offering the most money, Manchester United. He chose Newcastle United. Why? Because he was passionate about the club, he could give everything, he could relate to the fans. Can you imagine Robinho giving up playing for Manchester City to go back and help his boyhood team, relegation threatened Santos? No, me neither. I believe in the next 20 years local heroes will have become a dying breed.
Which brings me round to this question – what does the word ‘hero’ actually mean? Well, unfortunately, at this moment in time it is the name of a song by the X Factor finalists. We are being told to buy this CD as all the money will go to two charities which help British people who have been injured or are in need of care after having served in Iraq or Afghanistan. I have an idea, instead of making us buy some crappy single, why don’t we pull all of our people out of these countries and stop these injuries? Oh that’s right, it would seem like we want peace. I’m sorry we should look at this from the government’s view.
I mean, they must think what’s the point of having an army if we are not going to use it, what would be the point of putting all of this money into a service that would not be used. Well, they have a point; we do need an army but only to make peace with countries such as Iraq. Lets look back at World War Two: the Americans get the Japanese to surrender, Japan sign the aptly named “Treaty of Peace with Japan” and then BANG, 50 years down the line and Japan are one of, if not the most developed nation on the planet. You have to ask yourself what is stopping the likes of Iraq and Afghanistan from becoming like Japan.
The answer: us. In the Japan situation they signed the treaty and then all foreign armies left. I bet that we have more of our own army in Iraq and Afghanistan than we do in the British Isles. It’s all about common sense, the vast majority of people in these countries just want to get back to their normal life without a soldier in every doorway and guns around every corner, therefore paving the way for the vast majority to deal with a small minority of their people who are hell bent on causing pain and suffering, and, you know what, I hope this small minority get what they deserve which in some cases will be the death penalty.
I’m going to admit something: I think the death penalty is a good thing in many ways. It deters crime, in a better way than a CCTV camera, and reinforces the statement “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth”. This statement obviously coming from the bible, which is in no way contradictory. It basically means if you kill someone you deserve the same fate. What would you rather if one of your relatives were killed?
Option A – The killer is given a life sentence where he/she does not have to work, is given three free meals everyday and has an interesting social life… or, Option B – the killer is killed and justice is done. May I also add that prisons are no longer those dark, cold, secluded places like Alcatraz, no, now they are like the ‘Justice Center Leoben’ in Austria which has been compared to a five-star hotel.
I know what option I would go with, of course I can be very cold-hearted and unmoved. To sum up my feelings it takes one simple statement. We are going through the idiocy era. Yes, that’s right I’ve made up an era. Lets think about it Ronaldo isn’t a slave, it takes a reality TV show single to convince us to donate money to an unworthy cause, to create peace everything must be broken down into pieces and committing murder can mean that you end up better off than you would have ever become.
Of course it won’t change anytime soon as we have all been infected by this foolishness meaning that those who truly have ideas for change are treated like witches in Salem. Imagine John Logie Baird was around today and came out and said “I have invented a box with moving pictures of people inside”, he would have been locked up in a mental asylum. So, in conclusion I feel in our sudden evolution as the human race, one thing is in devolution – The Mind.