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Write off Ronaldo at your own risk

Updated: October 5, 2010, 2:08 PM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

BARCELONA -- Spain might be the footballing home of the world champions and European champions, but the past few weeks have proved that the country has more than its fare share of opportunistic observers who are too quick to rush to hostile judgment.

Case in point: Many have been describing Cristiano Ronaldo as a flop at Real Madrid. Bernabeu fans were whistling at him from his first home game, and Iker Casillas' journalist girlfriend, Sara Carbonera, called him "egotistical ...

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