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Cristiano Ronaldo: I always knew I was special

By Kevin Palmer

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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