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Cristiano Ronaldo: I always knew I was special

By Kevin Palmer

Published 04/05/2016

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Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo watches from the crowd as a spectator during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on April 26, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: The non playing Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF shares a joke with a teammate during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Manchester City FC and Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium on April 26, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 25, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Real Madrid. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates his hat trick with the ball under his shirt during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Real Madrid vs Wolfsburg at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has declared that he has already secured his place among football’s all-time greats, after declaring himself to be a “special” player.

Ronaldo has never lacked in self-belief from his formative days at Sporting Lisbon and on to his stint at Manchester United and then after his world-record £80m move to Real Madrid in 2009.

With brilliance to match his arrogance, Ronaldo has goal scoring figures that back up his comments, as he has smashed 360 goals in just 344 appearances for Real Madrid, with these confident comments confirming this is one sportsman eager to revel in his own hype.

“I don’t doubt that I will go down in footballing history,” Ronaldo told UEFA's official website as he also suggested he had no football idols when he was growing up and was only interested in his own career.

“Whether people like it or not, the numbers speak for themselves. I will be up there with the rest. Some like it more, some like it less, but I have no doubt that I’m already in the history of football.

“I always felt that I was a special player, ever since I was starting out at Sporting. I felt that sooner or later I would be a top-level professional. I never thought it would come so fast, but I was preparing myself because, like I said, the talent was there.

“I’ve always worked hard, believed in my potential - in the academy at Sporting, at Manchester United and at Real Madrid as well - and I’ve developed more and more as a player, as a person, as a human being. I’ve enjoyed my work.”

Ronaldo is currently the top scorer in Champions League history and that is one of his statistics he is proud to toast.

““It’s a privilege to know that I’m the leading goalscorer of all time in the Champions League,” he added. “Obviously I feel very happy at having achieved that.

“It’s a special competition and a competition that Real Madrid love. I’ve been lucky enough to win it twice and obviously I want to win it more - hopefully again this year.

“Fans love the Champions League and obviously I also love it, because it’s a special competition.”

Ronaldo declined to pay tribute to the team-mates who have helped him to achieve so much in his career, but that would merely serve to direct the spotlight away from the brilliance that is brand CR7.

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