As both games are taking place at the same time, we’ll have one open thread for both. Albania is playing Romania and France is playing Switzerland.
Also, I just want to make some comments about Cristiano Ronaldo. Yes, he dives a lot and is petulant. It is worth noting this, however:
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the world’s most charitable sports star, having donated millions of pounds of his fortune to worthy causes.
Ronaldo, known for his efforts to help children overcome debilitating diseases, skips the ink so that he can continue to donate blood. In many countries, a new tattoo can affect how often a person donates blood, with a waiting period between six months and a year employed as a precaution against cross-contamination and diseases like hepatitis.
“I don’t have tattoos because I donate blood very often,” he said, according to Diretta News, while also taking the time to share a photo on his Facebook page that showed him donating at a hospital. He reportedly gives twice a year.
So, by all means criticize his tendency to dive and anything else, but, and I write this as fan of club teams that have long been fierce rivals of his club teams, in an era when so many athletes do so many awful things off the field, it’s refreshing to have one where you complain about his playing and praise many of his extracurricular activities.