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Football News > Cristiano Ronaldo Interview




He's the man of the moment with the most talked about boots on the planet, but as Cristiano Ronaldo enters a season defining period for Real Madrid (which includes no less than 4 El Clasico games!), Cristiano opens up to the global media about goalscoring, training regimes, life at Real Madrid and of course his football boots...

SB: What feelings and emotions come to the fore at the prospect of facing Barcelona in the Champions League, La liga and Copa del Rey final? Are you excited? Nervous?


Cristiano Ronaldo:
I’m not nervous, no. I’m excited. It is the moment that we can win everything or not win a thing.


SB: Has your preparation changed at

all because of the importance of these games?

 

CR: No. It has changed because of my injury. I work in a different way at the moment because I am injured; I am preparing according to my condition not according to the games coming up. But I now feel fit and ready.

 

SB: Do you watch opponents? Do you alter your game according to who you are up against?

 

 

CRNo, I always try to do the same things. It doesn’t matter which teams we are up against or how they play, I always do the same. One thing is a match on paper, another is the game itself. It is completely different, so you can’t alter things – the theory is not always the same as the game. I just do what is the best to help the team.

 

SB: Does training change in these months of big matches?

 

CRWhat I have done well, I try to maintain. I always do things the same way if they work – and I don’t mean all season long, I mean always, every single season. I worked the same at the age of 17 or 18 as I do now at 26. If things go well, I stick to that. I always do the same.

 

SB: When you look back on games you watched as a kid, are there any that stand out? Are there games that inspired you?


CR: The World Cup in 94 that goal when Brazil won the tournament. I remember watching in Madeira with my family and we were supporting Brazil. That was good memories. That gives me good things: you always look for the best games and tournament to inspire you. That was very, very good for me.

 

SB: How fit are you for this key month?

 

 

CRI feel well now. I have been running, I feel very, very good. I want to look forward to being back on the pitch. When you don’t play you miss it. I missed one or two games for Madrid and for the national team. I don’t like to be at home and going in the afternoon and the morning for treatment – it is boring. I prefer to play.

 

SB: Mourinho has talked about the tiredness of the squad, with so much travel and so many games…how do you see it?

 

CR: All players are different. At the end of the season, it is always the same – it’s not just some teams that are more tired. If you run 200 metres, the last 20, 40 yards you feel more tired than when you start. That’s normal. It’s the same now. At the end of a long season, the players feel more tired – that’s football. In fact, that’s life.

 

SB: Which players have most impressed you at Madrid this season?


CR: The most impressive: Marcelo has done very well. Ozil, for his first year, has been fantastic. Pepe has played well. Carvalho.

 

SB: What about for other teams?


CRHonestly, I haven’t thought about them. But many impress me. I am happy that I play in the most competitive and strong league in the world. I play against many, many good players.

 

SB: You say Spain is the strongest league in the world: how does it compare to England?


CRFor me, they are the two strongest leagues for sure – the Premier League and Spain.




SB: What are the differences between them?


CRIn Spain it is more tactical, the players have more quality to keep the ball. But in England I loved it too: it is stronger. It is quicker than here. The leagues are similar in some respects and different in others; they’re the best leagues, for sure.

 

SB: You’re scoring an astonishing number of goals. How much do goals motivate you? Are they a key part of your objective?


CRNot really. I always try to score goals and play well and help the team, or to provide assists. I don’t think: ‘I have to score every game’. If you think like that, you don’t score goals. Goals come naturally with your talent, with your quality, so I don’t worry about that. If you and the team play well, that happens naturally.


 

SB: You’re a great athlete. Do you do a lot of extra work beyond the Real Madrid training pitch?


CRNot a lot. Just training, and I do like to maintain my body because it is a very important part of my life. But I am not too worried about that – I don’t eat chips or things like that. But mostly I do eat what I want. I don’t have a problem with being fat, my genetics are good. But I do work at it, yes.

 

SB: You seem to enjoy the physical battles. But do you think defences go too far in kicking you and committing fouls?

 

CRSometimes, yes. I am tired of talking about: ‘they have to protect me, they have to protect the players…’ The refs try their best. Some players just try to stop me with fouls: if they do not foul me they can’t stop me. I don’t care. Players don’t try to hurt you, they try to play normally or honestly and I am not that worried about it.

 

SB: Is it vital to win something this year?

 

CRIt’s important of course. I cannot see Real Madrid go two or three years without winning anything. When you talk about the biggest club in the world, or maybe one of the biggest, they have to win. Last year we didn’t win anything but this year and next I hope we can – we have fantastic players and a fantastic coach.



SB: Are you stronger now in this second season?


CRIt’s different. Your first year is about adaptation, because the football is different, everything changes. I felt I did well last season but this season I am a bit better. I have been here for a year and a half, I know the league, the adaptation is more complete – I feel more comfortable and things then come more naturally.

 

SB: How important is Mourinho? Is he a key part of your success?

 

CROf course, yes. He is an experienced coach, the titles speak for him. He has won everything. I am really, really happy that he is here with us and I hope that we can win lots of things together.

 

SB: Are you a football fan? Do you watch loads of other matches?

 

CRI am not a big fan to stay at home all afternoon and watch four or five game. My brother does that but I prefer to play. I like to watch Real Madrid games if I am not playing, but I can’t watch other games. It is not that I don’t like football, but I don’t watch too much. I like Madrid matches, big games.

 


 

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Comments

 

Ratchet said:

I kind of want this colourway on another boot.

April 15, 2011 12:33 PM
 

Nickmuzzie said:

They're nice, but I do prefer Lasers, great colourway through.

April 15, 2011 12:33 PM
 

bunderking7 said:

firstest ever awesome

April 15, 2011 12:36 PM
 

irfaanh said:

LOVE IT!

April 15, 2011 12:39 PM
 

oskarllson said:

  hate him!

April 15, 2011 12:40 PM
 

afilipo21 said:

first...great player

April 15, 2011 12:42 PM
 

DR7 said:

I love it!!

April 15, 2011 12:42 PM
 

TG89 said:

Best boots ever

April 15, 2011 12:45 PM
 

mercurialVapor CR7 said:

best player ever!! el mejor del mundo ;)

April 15, 2011 12:48 PM
 

Tom Warnock said:

Legend !

April 15, 2011 1:00 PM
 

Juve96 said:

Great interview!

April 15, 2011 1:16 PM
 

CATALAN BOY said:

SB why didn't u ask him about the almighty MESSI.....bet he would have got his pants wet!!!!!!!!!!!

:D  good player but will never get even close to MESSI!

April 15, 2011 1:41 PM
 

cozzy111 said:

@CATALAN BOY i bet if ronaldo had the likes of xavi and iniesta around him he'd score twice as many as messi has!

April 15, 2011 2:00 PM
 

Ned Ved said:

SB: You say Spain is the strongest league in the world: how does it compare to England?

CR: For me, they are the two strongest leagues for sure – the Premier League and Spain.

lol, make up your mind.

April 15, 2011 2:08 PM
 

Waldrinho said:

@cozzy111

Yeah you're right, Benzema, Ozil, Higuaín, Di María, ect.  Those guys just can't can't compare to Barca.  Ronaldo should have 100 goals a season!  Trust me that little prima donna would be the same player on Barca if not worse because guys like Puyol wouldn't take his act.   Maybe he would score more if he stopped flopping every time someone touches him near the box. . .  But don't get me wrong, his boots are totally "sexy". . .

April 15, 2011 2:54 PM
 

imcr7 said:

@COZZY111 thank you so much for saying that. Seriously , barcalona would still be great without Messi, Messi does nothing when hes not receiving or playing with the two best centermidfielders in the world, look at the world cup he did literally nothing but beat a couple guys. CR7 for life

April 15, 2011 3:00 PM
 

bayyo158 said:

most skiled plaer ever

April 15, 2011 3:40 PM
 

Sebbe said:

nice, really nice

April 15, 2011 4:32 PM
 

jorge71292 said:

Not bad player, nice boots...

April 15, 2011 4:33 PM
 

rooney_10_MUFC said:

not a word about united. Remember who made you who you are MUFC

April 15, 2011 4:58 PM
 

DAVID_VILLA_7 said:

IM A BIT ON BOTH SIDES COZ MESSI HASENT SCORED ANY WINNERS IN MATCHES.AND IF HE WASNT IN BARCA VILLA WOULD DO THE JOB

April 15, 2011 5:35 PM
 

DAVID_VILLA_7 said:

VILLA WOULD DO THE JOB IF MESSI WASNT THERE

April 15, 2011 5:38 PM
 

smithers4soccer said:

no.1 - man utd were the team who made you famous and a good player and no.2 stop putting spots on all of his boots bu apart from that he is a good player and the boots are nice

April 15, 2011 6:08 PM
 

dffg said:

it´s hilarious to see, nike betting the image of the company in a diver and a cry baby. Who spends all the time deceiving the referee, and kicking his opponents.

April 15, 2011 7:12 PM
 

messi712 said:

the laces make the boot stand out, well for me that is.

April 15, 2011 7:17 PM
 

Destined4Peace said:

@dffg, he may do those things but nobody can deny that he is a magnificent player, maby not as gited as messi, but still brilliant...

April 15, 2011 7:21 PM
 

aggwheep said:

this is off topic .. did affelay wore puma v1.10 SL against shaktar donestk ?  

April 15, 2011 8:08 PM
 

Ned Ved said:

aggwheep - I think he did.  They were blue and they really stood out.

@dffg: I concur - the biggest cheat.  It's a shame because with all that talent and ability, he feels the need to resort to such petty unsportsmanlike conduct.  Doesn't he realize that the whole stadium is watching as well as billions more on TV around the world?

April 15, 2011 9:55 PM
 

diegobarca10 said:

great player

April 15, 2011 11:09 PM
 

magallon1993 said:

i already got em

April 15, 2011 11:56 PM
 

Marrior said:

@imcr7: I hear what ur saying. But messi is still quiet classy even when he dosent have inesta and xavi feeding him through, cos look what happen after the world cup when Argentina played against spain. Swear down Argentina won and messi score

April 16, 2011 2:09 AM
 

Red Devils 4 Life said:

Better than Messi, Cristiano carries his team

April 16, 2011 2:17 AM
 

barc4b0y said:

Better than messi??? people still dont understand they are tottally different players cant compare.

Both are good on different features of the game.

But lately Cristiano on 3 Clasicos with realmadrid he have not scored against Barca but who know maybe Today he does maybe not, still i say ronaldo has played pretty good still.

But one thing is sure No matter what happens The Liga is still 4 barca. Copa del Rey and Champions league are tottally different.

Im expecting a good game from madrid but i think barca wins for a 1 goal difference.

April 16, 2011 6:16 AM
 

LADA said:

If he lights up the el classicos coming up this would have been a genius add campain for nike on the other hand if he performs poorly.  Also it will be fun 2 see if other players are wearing these boots, ozil, pedro, adriano, marcelo......

April 16, 2011 8:11 AM
 

feichauang2011 said:

April 16, 2011 8:14 AM
 

prodirectstar123 said:

the ones on socceroutlets are fake the stud are green there not meant to be its ment to be black and it has no fly wire

April 16, 2011 8:50 AM
 

CDRN23 said:

is it just me or the back studs on the 2nd picture are green ?

April 16, 2011 9:17 AM
 

marioIND said:

he's talented football player!

April 16, 2011 10:11 AM
 

prodirectstar123 said:

CDRN23 I saw it it looks green

April 16, 2011 2:58 PM
 

pcm19 said:

plz come back to united

April 16, 2011 8:52 PM
 

diego escobar said:

are you kidding me i just got the purple ones.

April 17, 2011 7:15 AM
 

interpool said:

cR7

April 17, 2011 10:54 AM
 

the three lions said:

there nice but crt360s are #1

April 17, 2011 12:44 PM
 

CR7 ARG said:

  better than messi and this says an Argentine!

April 17, 2011 4:42 PM
 

Kevin-CR7 said:

estan muy atractivos, EXELENTE!!!!!! GRANDE CR7!!!!

April 18, 2011 4:38 AM
 

ariffinisme said:

WOULDN'T WANT THEM

April 18, 2011 11:20 AM
 

PKDGLF said:

Dont want the boots but he is such a good player...

April 18, 2011 4:37 PM
 

larrylaz said:

nike dont know what they are doing the pic here and on pro direct show black studs then i get and email from NIKE  to pre order and the bloody studs are green!!!!! asked nike called them and they said that black could have been proto type what the hell is going on!!!!!!!!! someone bloody tell us what colour are the studs at the back are going to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 18, 2011 7:38 PM
 

carlosarziga said:

sick

April 20, 2011 4:49 PM
 

Eddie said:

those are beast

April 23, 2011 5:49 AM
 

MUFC_kidd said:

Cristiano Ronaldo is a cutie pie!!!!!!

April 24, 2011 4:09 AM
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