As a member of Spanish club Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is familiar with being the best player on a spectacular team. Beginning June 15, he has a different feat, leading what some are calling a lackluster Portugal soccer team in the 2010 World Cup.
During the World Cup, U.S. spectators often take a large interest in their native country’s team, but also gain an appreciation for the stars of foreign leagues like Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A and England’s Premier League. Needless to say, the World Cup is always a peak time for the popularity of soccer memorabilia.
It is an understatement to say that a big World Cup would change the way that Cristiano Ronaldo signed memorabilia is handled. The international impact would only be overcome within the confines of Portugal itself.
Neighboring Spain has a dominant and Barcelona-based midfield. Argentina is led by superstar Lionel Messi, but they also have supporting names like Javier Mascherano and Sergio Aguera.
If Portugal advances deep into the tournament, it will be because of Cristiano Ronaldo. If they don’t, ultimately, it will be because of Ronaldo.