When me and some of my peers were approached by our teacher Mr. Bateman who told us we would be going to a special premiere to watch a film about arguably the best footballer in the world – we were ecstatic! But we didn’t expect it to be this good…
This film was a real eye opener about a footballer’s (Cristiano Ronaldo) life behind all of the exaggerated media.
The film was very intense and we couldn’t stop watching it. Rather than a goal machine who has no feelings, Ronaldo was portrayed as a real, fellow human being.
Even though he has a lot of money we learnt that he has had several emotional discomforts, including his father’s battle with alcoholism – Ronaldo said he hasn’t touched alcohol since – as well as his son not knowing his mother.
I felt like I got to know the great man himself with a close view of his relationship with his son, brother and mother.
FBB Head of Comms Tom Pez also gave me his thoughts on the experience:
“I enjoyed watching the film with five of our FBB Schools participants, who were given this amazing opportunity to watch and review the film before it was made public just as any journalists would. Although I’m more of a Messi fan myself, it was great to learn about Ronaldo’s story in more depth and I now look forward to reading the new book about him by our patron Guillem Balague. Although the film is very self-congratulatory, it also shows you the dark side of being one of the world’s top sportsmen and I certainly admire Ronaldo for being able to maintain such a high level despite of performance despite the constant public scrutiny he faces both on and off the pitch! I also had to applaud the way the film was shot & edited – the composition was fantastic!”