As we sit at home and miss live action, the wondrous phenomenon of sport has delivered so many past glories that we will probably never run out of things to see, recalls Dhruv Munjal. IMAGE: Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring against Getafe during a Primera Liga game, December 3, 2005, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. A photo has been going around the past few days. It’s a clever juxtaposition: An old picture of the original Ronaldo, in his athletic prime, against a more recent version of him, all paunchy and painful to look at. The picture is captioned: ‘Before self-isolation vs after self-isolation’. It’s a funny summarisation of an otherwise grave situation, where many of us privileged folk are binge eating and binge watching. The second image will instantly resonate with the younger generation, typically those born in the new millennium. After all, that’s how they have always known Ronaldo: Obese, immobile and forever lurking in the ominous shadow of his more famous namesake, a certain CR7. And who can blame them? The Portuguese Ronaldo has long surpassed the Brazilian in terms of longevity and honours — a relentless football machine operating at full pelt for… Read full this story
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