Champions League

Ronaldo reassures his Madrid stance

2015-12-09 09:41
Cristiano Ronaldo (AFP)

Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo dismissed rumors that he wants to leave Real Madrid and said coach Rafa Benitez is doing a good job at the club.

Ronaldo spoke after scoring four goals in Madrid's 8-0 rout of Malmo, when he became the first player to score 10 goals or more in the group stage of the Champions League. He netted 11 goals in six games, surpassing the nine scored by Luiz Adriano with Shakhtar Donetsk last season. Ronaldo also scored nine times in the 2013-14 season.

The striker says he is happy and will stay with Real Madrid despite widespread reports that he is negotiating a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

"It's speculation, it happens every year," Ronaldo said.

"People should be used to this by now. But this club has helped me greatly since I've arrived and I'm very happy here."

He said his brief sideline meeting with PSG coach Laurent Blanc during a recent match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium didn't mean anything.

"What happened with Blanc is simple," Ronaldo said.

"If somebody treats you well, you talk to that person. If someone from Chelsea, Manchester or Barcelona is nice to me, I'll talk to that person.

"Obviously, it means nothing. I have a contract with Real Madrid and I will stay."

Ronaldo hadn't talked much publicly since Real Madrid became engulfed in a crisis following a humiliating 4-0 home loss to Barcelona and an embarrassing disqualification in the Copa del Rey because of an ineligible player.

Ronaldo said "it's normal" for a club such as Real Madrid "to be criticized when things go wrong," and expressed his support to coach Benitez, who has been constantly jeered by fans at the Bernabeu.

"He is doing a good job, still adapting to Real Madrid," Ronaldo said.

"You need to give him time. I think he is doing things the right way.

"I have a good relationship with him, as do all other players."

Ronaldo has already scored 21 goals in 20 games with Real Madrid this season.

His previous Champions League goals this year came with a hat trick against Shakhtar Donetsk at home, and two-goal strikes in away victories at Malmo and Shakhtar.

He was held scoreless in the two games against PSG.

Real Madrid won Group A and easily advanced to the competition's knockout stage. If finished three points in front of PSG. 

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Napoli v Barcelona, San Paolo 22:00
Chelsea v Bayern Munchen, Stamford Bridge 22:00
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Lyon v Juventus, Groupama Stadium 22:00
Real Madrid v Manchester City, Santiago Bernabeu 22:00
Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Valencia v Atalanta, Mestalla 22:00
RB Leipzig v Tottenham Hotspur, Red Bull Arena 22:00
Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Liverpool v Atletico Madrid, Anfield 22:00
Paris SG v Borussia Dortmund, Parc des Princes 22:00
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Juventus v Lyon, Allianz Stadium 22:00
Manchester City v Real Madrid, Etihad Stadium 22:00
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Bayern Munchen v Chelsea, Allianz Arena 22:00
Barcelona v Napoli, Camp Nou 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will emerge victorious in this season's Champions League?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.