Life, a wise man once said, is too important to be taken seriously.
Religion and football are too cultural forces which have largely managed to ignore this advice, however, the latter summed up in that rather staid quote by Bill Shankly concerning life and death.
It is easy to draw parallels between football and religion, organised as they are by large institutions devoting a fanatical following in pursuit of some kind of elusive holy grail.
Both have their figureheads also, and according to Cristiano Ronaldo's sister, her brother is the main one. She took to Instagram to celebrate her brother's European Championships triumph:
Here is the caption translated:
These tears I shed my brother hurt like daggers on his chest and made many Portuguese cry along with him the pain dirty and disgusting game they had us ... but God is great and I knew that just as Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross for a better world this Cristiano shed tears for the pain of not being able to fight with his companions to the end for his beloved homeland , but as god is fair , the cup was raised by just vencenderes and was made justice and the dream was fulfilled are champions.
It seems that hyperbole in the Ronaldo family is not solely the preserve of Cristiano. Without willing to indulge in old jokes as to who looks better on crosses, and one creating wine while the other merely whines, we feel that Cristiano will enjoy these comparisons of heroically sacrificing himself in order to lead others to glory. We also assume he will fancy playing beyond 33, also.
Where he might reject them, however, is in relation to a number of followers: Ronaldo has 41 million of them on twitter, whereas Jesus had merely 12.