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There are some world class players that find it hard to stay at the top for a long period of time. Ronaldo and Ronaldinho come to mind. These guys reached the top but couldnt maintain it for a number of reasons. Ronaldo suffered a bad injury but he was never motivated enough afterwards imo. He was never fit enough for a long enough period imo. Ronaldinho doesnt have an injury to blame but appears to have lost his motivation for some time when he should be at his peak. We have Messi who has hit the big time at a very young age, will he be burnt out by the age of 25?

These days, players are paid insane amounts of money so they have no financial worries whatsoever. They have more demands on their bodies than ever before with club and country. They have lots of commercial commitments. They have lots of female admirers (bast**ds ;)). Also if they reach the top at a young age surely motivation must be a factor year after year and especially if they have won it all or they have achieved a lot of glory.

Therefore, it is harder these days for top players to remain at the top for a long period of time?
 

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Ronaldo had an injury.That totally makes things different.

Ronaldinho will come back.The role he played was so intense.

Moreover,Ronaldinho's barca played attacking,posession based football that involved non-stop running.Kaka,who is complaining of kicks these days has to look upto Ronnie.Kaka's team was not even competing on two levels.Ronnie also got kicked a lot,he never complained.
 

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harder in the sense of things off the pitch which influence their game, I don´t think these players are ready to make as much or be in the media as they are today, but then again the media was just focused on Zidane, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Romario, Figo and yet these guys hardly had off seasons on their prime ages, which makes me say our current "stars" are not that focused mentaly thus this batch is not as top as we thought.

Looking at Kaka and Gaucho current form is pathetic, specially considering they have not put out as many great seasons as former greats, their game lacks agression and that had so much of that before.
 

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Ronaldo had an injury.That totally makes things different.

Ronaldinho will come back.The role he played was so intense.

Moreover,Ronaldinho's barca played attacking,posession based football that involved non-stop running.Kaka,who is complaining of kicks these days has to look upto Ronnie.Kaka's team was not even competing on two levels.Ronnie also got kicked a lot,he never complained.
On Ronaldo, he did have a serious injury which impacted his career but the motivation wasnt there afterwards which isnt related.

On Ronaldinho I agree that he can still come back and he probably will.
 

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On Ronaldo, yeah the motivation wasn't there anymore...

What a load of CRAP! He was motivated enough to comeback and win yet another WORLD CUP, FIFA Player of the Year Award, Ballon D'Or, Pichichi, among other personal awards/trophies...

Unfortunately, RM became a circus and the Galactico Plan failed miserably after Makelele/Cambiasso were bounced out of the team!
 

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On Ronaldo, yeah the motivation wasn't there anymore...

What a load of CRAP! He was motivated enough to comeback and win yet another WORLD CUP, FIFA Player of the Year Award, Ballon D'Or, Pichichi, among other personal awards/trophies...

Unfortunately, RM became a circus and the Galactico Plan failed miserably after Makelele/Cambiasso were bounced out of the team!
He had his moments when his fitness was good but on a lot of occasions he wasnt in shape. He was still a force to be reckoned with but he wasnt in the best shape he could have been. He went to Milan and looked much better compared to his latter days in Madrid.
 

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He had his moments when his fitness was good but on a lot of occasions he wasnt in shape. He was still a force to be reckoned with but he wasnt in the best shape he could have been. He went to Milan and looked much better compared to his latter days in Madrid.

By then Ronaldo was already 29-30ish...and had gone through 4 knee surgeries (now 5) and a whole bunch of other nagging injuries. But he still managed to put up the numbers.

94-99 he was sublime - 02-06 He was more than decent. Lets not forget he had scored 8 goals in his first 8 games or so and almost had a hat trick against Atletico before Pernia almost broke him in half in 06 ;)

As far as Rivaldo? he was pretty good but his dominant season came in 99...Zizou well what he became known at age 26-27 wasn't anything out of this world before then. and During his so called reign others out shone him: Owen, Figo, and Rivaldo...I'm not even going to bring up his last 2-3 seasons in Madrid :yuck:

and Ronaldinho: Well I guess fame and hot models got to his head.
 

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Very interesting thread.. We've seen the same thing with Raul too. I've noticed alot of players who started off on fire came back down to Earth during the middle of their careers. But lots of them also became stars later in their career like Figo, Zidane and Mendieta.


BTW.. Keep Ronaldo out of this. Even with his weight and injuries, he was the best striker on the planet.
 
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