Great read, thanks for sharing! I particularly liked this quote:
“If we’d had Ronaldo, we’d have won – and won the league,” manager Robson said years later about that game. His useful but mortal replacement, Juan Antonio Pizzi, whimpered: “I’m just a regular player; he is not from this planet."
I understand there were underlying circumstances in him leaving Barca, much the same with Figo, but the top Brazilian players do tend to struggle to stay settled at one club, which may be somewhat detrimental to their ability to consistently hit 30-40 goals season on season. Messi and C.Ronaldo have been rather lucky that for the most part (particularly Messi) they have been settled at one club which helps when it comes to maintaining incredible high raw statistics.
But yeah, that Ronaldo season along with the one where Messi scored 50 goals or however many it was will go down as the two greatest individual seasons in the modern game. Yet the Barça fans I know love to complain about how bad they have it