Tuesday,the third day of April, just yesterday, this month and football fans all over the world waited for the kick-off in the quarter final of the UEFA Champions league between two European football giants, Juventus vs Real Madrid.
Enter Cristiano Ronaldo, 5 time World player of the year on a pitch blighted by rain, freezing weather and a very hostile crowd.
Ronaldo’s every move, every touch of the ball elicited boos from the rabid Juventus crowd at the stadium. But he carried on, seemingly unperturbed by the hate filled, spiteful, jealous and envious opposition.
In a breathtaking moment, thunder struck through a magical moment by Ronaldo “rising majestically, almost unnaturally high above his closest opponent before acrobatically firing the ball into the corner of the net with an incredible bicycle kick….
Seconds after the extraordinary goal, the Juventus fans, who, moments before that magical minute booed Ronaldo’s every move rose as one to applaud and cheer their tormentor in chief in their previous outings and in the night.
The Juventus fans and the whole stadium acknowledged the sublime skill of the man who ended their dream of winning the Champions league last season and their further progress in the competition this term. And Ronaldo responded in kind; clasping his hands to his chest, he bowed to the spectators in a show of humility and class.
However, the third lesson which I commend to all and sundry, particularly,politicians (leaders) – at all levels is that they should not really mind the jealousy, the envy, the bad tackles, the beatings, the boos of their opponents .They should strive to keep their heads, keep calm and keep their eyes at set targets while hoping for the elements to align and give them a half chance to create a moment, a memory that will linger, an action that would change the taunts and boos to sustainable ovation.