Cristiano Ronaldo, Bota de Oro 2013-2014

Ronaldo: “You only win this trophy with a very good squad around you”

NEWS | 05/11/2014 | Alberto Navarro

"Last year was extraordinary; I'm very lucky to be at Real Madrid", said the Portuguese.

Following the end of the Golden Shoe presentation ceremony, Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to the media. The Portuguese star could not hide his excitement at receiving the award for the third time in his career: "You only win this trophy with a very good squad around you and with everyone's support. Last year things went very well and we won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. It was an extraordinary year and I feel very lucky to be in this squad and at Real Madrid."

“I feel very happy that some of my team-mates have attended. I don't invite the whole squad to come because I feel that I'm taking away their time so as to come to a ceremony. I'm obviously pleased. If I invited everyone, I'm sure they would come. I'm not thinking about a fourth Golden Shoe. That has to come about naturally. I'm in a good position, but I have to keep going as I am and let things take their course."

Worthy successor to Di Stéfano
“It was a comparison by the president. Alfredo is no longer with us and he sees in me what Di Stéfano was. For me it's an honour, because Alfredo is one of the greatest in football history and I'm very happy to be associated with him." 

Team's current form
“They are systems that we are used to, and it is no surprise. We have the ball a little bit more than in recent years, and the more you have it the more danger you can create. The system is practically the same. We have a very good squad. Bale has come back and is in very good shape. We can go really far and we're only thinking about improving with every game."

I'm hopeful about our chances of winning a lot this year.

“Everyone talks about this being the best squad that the club has had, but that will be known at the end of the season. The side is doing well, is confident, is excited and things are going well. On a personal level, I feel really good and happy. I'm on a good run and I have to make the most of this good moment of form and continue like this until the end of the season."

Renewing his contract
“We have to talk with Florentino Pérez. I'm very happy and in a great moment of form. Personally and in sporting terms, everything is going well. I want to win and get as many trophies as possible with this club. I hope to finish my contract with Real Madrid at 33 and after that we'll see if they want me to stay. I feel young and still a long way off retiring."

Race for the Ballon d'Or
“I wouldn't be surprised not to win it. Nothing surprises me in football and you have to be ready for everything. I feel good and I'm very happy, on a collective and an individual level. I would obviously like to win it, but I'm not obsessed by it. I'm doing well, helping my team to win games and getting goals."

His eagerness to keep on progressing
“I always like to play well and score and be in good physical shape, but that isn't always possible. It's normal for me to get angry with myself, but after being with my people and those I love, it passes." 

Making history in football
“I don't want to think about that yet. Everyone will have their own opinion. Being the best in Portugal isn't enough for me, I'm going to work to be the best ever. I respect every decision. I don't have to prove anything to anyone, just to myself. I want to continue working in the same way because it's harder and harder to improve my figures. I want to be the best at the best club in the world."

“I'm not obsessed by that situation. I take my work seriously and I try to always do things well. I have shown since I arrived here that I always want more and for that reason I have nothing to say. My figures have been good in the years that I have been at Real Madrid, perhaps better in the last two."

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