CRISTIANO Ronaldo has pledged his loyalty to Real Madrid by revealing he wants to finish his career at the Bernabeu.
The £80m winger was jeered by some home fans in December after a disappointing display in the 3-1 defeat by arch rivals Barcelona. But Ronaldo won over the boo boys by scoring an astonishing 46 goals in 38 league games as Real claimed the La Liga title.
And the 27-year-old feels he has a special bond with the club and the fans. He told Spanish newspaper Marca: ‘I feel very close to the fans and that’s why I want to stay here a long time and show the love I have for this shirt. ‘If it were totally up to me, I would end my career at Real Madrid, honestly. I would sign a ten year extension right now. I want to stay, but that decision is really up to other people.”
‘A club like this has to have a top coach like Mourinho. He has to be here. I think it’s evident Real Madrid wouldn’t win as many titles without him.
‘We’ve changed our run with Barcelona and I’m sure it will be much better form now on. We players are more confident and we have more faith in the team. It is very demanding to compete with Barcelona and we nevertheless won with a nine-point lead over them and defeated them at the Camp Nou. We had an exceptional season both individually and collectively. ‘This is the best time in my life, both physically and psychologically. I want to keep it up and enjoy myself much more with Madridistas because my connection with them has evolved considerably in recent months. I feel very close to them and that’s why I want to stay here a long time. I want to show my love for this shirt and do my best for the team.
‘I guarantee I’ll try to improve on this year’s numbers. I may not be able to score more goals, but I can serve more assists. It’s harder each time, but I always try to do better. Usain Bolt ran 100 meters in 9.58 seconds and it will be practically impossible for him to do better than that, but I’m sure he’ll try.
‘I’m not too concerned about the Ballon d’Or because the most important thing for me was to win La Liga, which is a difficult title, if not the toughest in Europe. I don’t vote for the Ballon d’Or and everyone has different tastes. Several Real Madrid players and myself did enough to deserve a nomination and I cannot hide my desire to win it because it is the greatest accolade a player can win on an individual level.’