The Portuguese forward expresses his views on comparisons with Mohammed Salah also talks about his own legacy, passion, and transition over the years.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
On the day of open media training at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo interacted with English news outlet BT Sport. He talked about his own career and the legacy he has made throughout all these years. Cristiano Ronaldo started his career playing as a midfielder and now he plays as a left winger and striker depending on the game plan and formation of the team.
Cristiano Ronaldo was asked about his drive which keeps him going and motivates him to score and win trophies. The Real Madrid’s number 7 was seen in Cardiff last year for the UEFA Champions League Final where he scored 2 goals as his side won against Juventus by 4-1. He was seen motivating his teammates during the warm-up session in a charged manner with full of energy and extremely dynamic body language. On being asked if these are the moments he lives for as a player, Cristiano Ronaldo replied that these moments are to be enjoyed as they might not come across again.
“You never know what’s gonna happen, this moment again. So you have to enjoy, you have to live in the moment, you have to be happy, you have to be aware of everything. I feel the power of the game. I feel excited when everyone (fans) is screaming and singing, so it’s good. I hope to feel that on Saturday against Liverpool. I hope so and I believe that is gonna happen.”
Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing in his 6th UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev this Saturday. He has won 1 European title with Manchester United in 2008 and 3 with Real Madrid in 2014, 2016, and 2017. If the things go in favor of the Spanish side on 26th of May, then Cristiano Ronaldo will be having 5 Champions League trophies in 10 years. He believes that he will never get bored of winning the trophy again and again.
“I am always motivated, even if it’s my first Champions League or second. I will be motivated because it is the most important trohpy in terms of club (football). So, I’m really excited and we have an opportunity again to win the Champions League. We are excited and motivated. We know it will be a battle but we are prepared.”
Real Madrid are the first team ever in the modern era of the competition who defended the title last season and now are on the verge of winning it three times in a row and 4 times in the last 5 years. Cristiano Ronaldo claims that the team doesn’t realize the magnitude of such a feat when he was asked about the change in motivation after achieving so much.
“I think we don’t realize the magnitude of winning 3 consecutive Champions League. We speak with each other, the players, and they don’t realize, even me, but it is better like that because you are focused only on the game. So it is good. After the game if everything goes well, we gonna know that we are in history but step by step, we are focused, we are prepared, we are motivated and the dream is to win on Saturday, the Champions League.”
Cristiano Ronaldo won his first Champions League title with Manchester United in 2008 at Moscow where he scored a goal against Chelsea in the final where his side won on penalties. The ex-Manchester United man discusses his transformation since then.
“I changed a little bit. In terms of game, face, body, experience, everything but I think I’m kind of the same. I love to do this job, I love football, this is my passion and I don’t wanna answer because it will be a dream if I personally win my fifth Champions League. It will be unbelievable. I just want to be focused on Saturday to do a good job, to help the team, and try to win this amazing trophy.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is the leading top scorer in Champions League for this season with 15 goals and has the most goals in the all-time charts of the competition too with 120. He is also the all-time top assister in the competition with 34. On being asked if Ronaldo wishes to leave a legacy with his records and titles, the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner claimed his legacy is already been written and will be discussed for years to come.
“Ofcourse, but my legacy is already there. Even if nothing is gonna change, I will be there all the time. So, nothing is gonna change but ofcourse I love this competition, this is special competition and ofcourse I wanna do better and better because I wanna still mantian my level to play few years more and make my numbers (statistics) even better. I’m really focused and excited. It’s a special competition, in terms of individual(ly) I love to play in the Champions League.”
Another Premier League star is often compared to Cristiano Ronaldo who has produced impressive stats this season for his side, Liverpool. Mohammed Salah who is worshipped by Egyptians for gracefully representing their nation. He is also considered as one of the top contenders for Ballon d’Or this year. Cristiano Ronaldo broke his silence over the comparisons and said each player is different.
“Not really, it’s completely different. He plays with the left (foot), I play with the right (foot). I’m tall and he’s little bit shorter. I play with the head, you know. We are completely different. People wanna compare me to other players. I’m different than anyone, Salah is different than others, so we are different. But I have to say he did fantastic in Champions League, did fantastic in (Premiere) League, had a fantastic season. But on Saturday, let’s see what’s gonna happen.”
The 33-year-old is positive for the UEFA Champions League Final which is held in Kiev, Ukraine. Will he be able to lift his 5th Champions League trophy? That is to be seen on 26th of May 2018, at 7:45 PM CET. The match will be telecasted live all over the globe via the official broadcasting partners of UEFA.