I feel for Ronaldo. What he is going though can not be fun. Doesn't mean I excuse his shitty behavior, but you can clearly see he is struggling massively with his decline. What he said about Rooney was so embarrassing. I actually felt really bad for Ronaldo when he said that. Looks are superficial. Means nothing. But to Ronaldo it a way to get validation. To make him feel good about himself. All external validation. It's why he is so thin skinned.
"narcissists are extremely sensitive to criticism or slights, which feel to them like knives threatening their self-image and their confidence in their visions. Narcissists are almost unimaginably thin-skinned. Like the fairy-tale princess who slept on many mattresses and yet knew she was sleeping on a pea, narcissists—even powerful CEOs—bruise easily. This is one explanation why narcissistic leaders do not want to know what people think of them unless it is causing them a real problem. They cannot tolerate dissent. In fact, they can be extremely abrasive with employees who doubt them or with subordinates who are tough enough to fight back. Steve Jobs, for example, publicly humiliates subordinates. Thus, although narcissistic leaders often say that they want teamwork, what that means in practice is that they want a group of yes-men."
"narcissists tend to be high achievers and very driven, because they believe that they need to be special and superior. Underneath it all, they feel empty and worthless inside. Part of this need to be special is driven by their insatiable need for admiration: Achieving high goals, being particularly successful and powerful, is an attempt to feel better about themselves. The admiration that comes with being superior, powerful and unique, is also a way of getting validation from the outside world, of chasing away that lingering inner sense of worthlessness that is so torturous for the narcissist."
Happiness comes from within. All the money and fame in the world can not buy you happiness. External validation is temporary. It's like a drug addition constantly chasing your next hit of dopamine.