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Ronaldo speaks! – Top 10 quotes from CR7’s blockbuster interview

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Here we pick out the top 10 quotes from Cristiano Ronaldo’s blockbuster interview with Sky Sports ranging from Manchester United, his future, criticism and more.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United has been anything but boring. The many goals, the late winners in the Champions League, and the fanfare have given a memorable reunion at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese ace has now held his in-depth interview with Sky Sports to discuss life back in Manchester United ahead of the Premier League clash between the Red Devils and Liverpool on Sunday.

In the interview, Ronaldo opened up about several topics and here we have listed some of the best quotes from it.

Criticism for lack of defensive work

“I know when the team needs my help defensively. But my role in the club is to win, help the team to win, and to score goals – [the defensive side] is part of my job.

“They [the critics] don’t want to give me credit for the good things; they’re always going to find the bad things but for me it’s not a problem. Life’s a constant lesson and I still learn with my mistakes, trying to improve the next game.”

‘Retire from international football? Why?

“But why? I think it’s not my time yet. It’s not what people want, it’s what I want. It’s when I feel that I’m not capable to run, to dribble, to shoot, if the power is gone… but I still have that stuff so I want to continue because I’m still motivated.”

‘I know my role in the team’

“Everyone should know their role. I know my role in the team, in the club… my role is to score goals, to help the team with my experience and know-how to understand the game.”

Why didn’t Ronaldo sing to his new teammates?

“I didn’t sing because I told them that I sang a few years ago! But it was good. The boys, they understand me, it was a good speech and I was happy that night.”

‘I want to put the level even higher’

“I want to put the level even higher. You speak about Portugal but in the Champions League I have the most goals, the most wins, assists… everything. But I want to carry on. I like to play football. I feel good to make people happy.”

Manchester United’s tough start to the season

“We are in a moment in my opinion that Manchester [United] do a few changes; they buy me, they buy [Raphael] Varane and [Jadon] Sancho. The adaptation will take time, even the system of the game that we play, but I think step by step we have to put it in our mind that everything is possible.”

Why criticism is a good thing

“I see it as a good thing to be honest. If they worry about me or they speak about me, it’s because they know my potential and value in football still. So it’s good. I’ll give you an example: if you’re in a school and you’re the best student, you ask the worst student if he likes the best, they’ll say they don’t like him.”

Manchester United teammates must ‘sacrifice’ themselves

“If everyone is thinking like that, sacrifice for the team, I think we will be a better team. We have fantastic supporters behind us, fantastic stadium, fantastic team, so we have to carry on like that.”

‘I win everything but I’m still motivated’

“I win everything but I’m still motivated. I’m in a new chapter of my life, even with my age, and this is why I am here – to try to win and I think Manchester needs to be at this level of winning and thinking to win big things so I’m here to help.”

Angry reaction to Everton draw

“I don’t like to lose. [It was a] draw? Draw – but for me, to draw against Everton – who have my whole respect – at home is like a loss.”