A lot has been made of big players not turning up for their country. But should we really be this shocked? Many contemplate whether international football is completely different to domestic football. Moreover many claim that Champions League football is also different from the domestic game.
It makes perfect sense, when you think about it. Perhaps Ronaldo is the best example. Over 60 goals last season for Madrid but his international career is mediocre in comparison. You might say 'Yeah but he's playing with lesser players than at Madrid.' but why should this affect one of the world's best players? It shouldn't and what's more he played to a high standard for Sporting at the start of his career. It can only be one thing: international football is different than other forms of the game.