Maritimo Goes Dutch

Club Sport Marítimo, commonly known as just Marítimo, is a Portuguese sports club which is best known for its football team that plays at the Estádio dos Barreiros in Funchal, Madeira Islands.

The new skipper of Marítimo, Mitchell van der Gaag (Dutch), will show the Portuguese lion how to roar like the Dutch (Orange) lion.

The Scottish newspaper The Sun published an interview with Mitchell:

“Life on Madeira is slow-paced – except if you’re boss of the island’s top team Maritimo. … Maritimo have a growing reputation in the Portuguese top flight but they’ve gone through TEN managers in just six years. …”

“There is plenty of quality, in terms of technical ability – but the main problem is the youth teams do not play high-level matches because it’s too far to travel. … Some players are also not driven by success. They don’t want to leave the island. … That’s the only down side to Madeira – life’s TOO good here. But to be a success you have to work for it, as Ronaldo has shown.”

Click here to read the full interview at The Sun

Cristiano Ronaldo

Christiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo from the Madeira Island … seeks to be the best of the best (ever) in the world of soccer / football.

“Cristiano at 22 has definitely got to the level of the best player in the world. Thereafter it will be up to the people and coaches around the world to decide if he is as good as Maradona or Pele, but that has got to be the challenge for him now. That has to be his goal.”

The English newspaper The Independent published an article about the young star where they answer the question: Is he the best since Best?

The boy from the hillside overlooking Funchal on the Madeira Islands is still a bit of a mystery to the English public. He does not do many interviews, apart from the occasional tightly controlled magazine number which his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson approves, and he has a reputation for being a touch standoffish, perhaps a legacy of the child prodigy years. Ronaldo’s background tells you much about the man, but first to the most immediate question: can he legitimately be called the greatest footballer now playing in the world?

What do you think?