Premier League – Ronaldo: I love to be hated
Cristiano Ronaldo has said he does not care if his proposed £80 million move to Real Madrid makes him an object of hate.
The Portugal winger, who looks to be on the way out of Manchester United, claims he wants to “re-write the history of football”.
Ronaldo is set to seal a world record transfer to the Spanish giants this summer after United accepted a bid.
He said in an interview with French magazine So Foot as reported in the News of the World: “I love it when people jeer me. I love to see the hate in their eyes, to hear the insults. It doesn’t bother me.
“It’s true lots of people hate me but there are even more who love me and who support me. I feel bad only when I play badly. Fortunately, that happens rarely.”
He added: “I still have a long way to go. I really want to re-write the history of football. I am aware I’m already among the best of the best but I want to continue to write many more beautiful pages.”
Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United did well to Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford for as long as they did before finally succumbing to Real Madrid’s advances.
Ferguson insists it was out of the question to expect the player to stay any longer, telling The Mail on Sunday; “He wanted to leave, it’s as simple as that. He was going to go some time.”
“We’ve done well to keep him for so long.”
Madrid’s record swoop for the FIFA World Player of the Year is set to be concluded by June 30