Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo admits he is driven to be named the world’s greatest player.
The Portuguese ace missed on the prize last year finishing third behind Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Milan’s Kaka.
“The focus is on winning the Champions League and the Premier League. We have the opportunity to do that and we have the players,” Ronaldo told the News of the World.
“But of course it’s my aim to be the best in the world. I want to be the best in the world and that’s what I work towards every day.
“But only God knows whether I will one day manage to win that prize which is so important for me as a player.”
Manchester United claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory against Liverpool to edge closer to their Premier League title, thanks to some uncharacteristic play by Liverpool players.
Both sides were pretty even in the first 15 minutes, but United started to show more control later on, with Paul Scholes bossing the midfield.
Headers from Wes Brown gave United the lead on 34th minute, thanks to a mistake from Liverpool’s goalie Pepe Reina. Javier Mascherano made United’s life much easier by getting himself sent off just before half time with his second yellow card for dissent.
United continued to dominate the match in the second half. Liverpool did show a flash of hope in the 70s minute, but Ronaldo’s 79th minute header ended their hope altogether, before Nani pounced in United’s third on 81st minute.
It was Ronaldo’s 34th goal (25th league goal) of the season, and his first ever goal against Liverpool.
Ronaldo became United’s savior again by scoring the only goal of the match against Derby on Saturday.
Ronaldo scored on the 76th minute thanks to a nice run-and-cross from Wayne Rooney. That’s Ronaldo’s 22nd Premier League goal and his 31st in total of the season.
Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has started libel proceedings over a newspaper article alleging he was fined £8,000 (€10,506) in one day for using his mobile phone during training.
Top London law firm Schillings announced that it has issued libel proceedings at the High Court against News Group Newspapers, owners of The Sun.
The libel claim follows publication of an article headed “Text-Mad Ronaldo fined £8k, Fergie’s Fury on phone ban. Exclusive”, which alleged that the footballer was fined £8,000 in one day by his manager, Alex Ferguson, for using his mobile phone four times during training.
Simon Smith, Ronaldo’s solicitor in London, said: “Our client is a professional footballer who takes his training very seriously.
“The Sun article wrongly accuses him of being unprofessional and he felt he had to take legal action in order to protect his reputation.”
So… the ‘phone addication’ story is not true then?
Cristiano Ronaldo feels he is not given enough protection from referees and fears suffering a serious injury.
The winger was denied a clear penalty against Portsmouth in the FA Cup quarter final defeat at Old Trafford. That incident, coupled with persistent fouling throughout the game, highlights an oft-felt view that the Portuguese is not protected by referees.
“It’s very frustrating, the referee was unbelievable,” he told MUTV. “He didn’t want to give the penalty, he didn’t want to give yellow cards – I’m very disappointed.
“Refs don’t protect skilful players. I think about the Arsenal player (Eduardo) and I’m scared sometimes to do skills because some players do unbelievable fouls and the ref protects the defender, not the skilled player!
It’s very disappointing and I’m thinking a lot about changing my game. When referees don’t give penalties, yellow cards or reds, it’s difficult to play.”