05 June 2012
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Cristiano Ronaldo sat down to talk shop with Marca.
"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."