Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo insists “it’s not my obsession” to win individual awards, and expects “the truth will come out” on rape allegations.
The Portuguese superstar was said to be incensed that he didn’t win UEFA’s player of the year, and he didn’t attend FIFA’s The Best awards.
Some have even suggested he feels there’s an agenda against him after leaving Real Madrid.
“It’s not my obsession to win individual awards,” Ronaldo insisted, speaking in the Press conference ahead of the Manchester United game tomorrow.
“I need to concentrate on Juve. It’s been a fantastic time, everything is going well and the team is fantastic.
“Winning individual awards isn’t an obsession. It helps, but it’s not everything.
“I won’t make comparisons [to Real Madrid], I’m happy to be playing here and I was happy to play at Manchester United and Real. I consider myself a happy and lucky man.
“I'm adapting to Italian football. It's different, but I'm having a lot of fun. My teammates are helping me and I’m very happy to play for this fantastic club.
“On and off the pitch I always smile. I’m happy, I feel like a happy man. I’m playing for a fantastic club, I have a fantastic family, four children and my health. I have everything.
“The rest doesn’t disturb me.”
Nevada police have re-opened an investigation into an alleged rape in 2009, and CR7 was asked about those allegations.
“You’re not listening. I’m a happy, happy man. We issued a statement a couple of weeks ago. I’m not here to tell lies, I feel confident in the work of my lawyers.
“I’m having fun playing football, I’m enjoying life and I have people who take care of these things. The truth will come out.”
The striker is very familiar with Old Trafford, having made his breakthrough at Manchester United.
“It will be a difficult game, United have a great team,” Ronaldo said.
“United are at home, but we’re Juventus. If we play well, and we play the way the Coach wants us to play, we can win this game.
“Of course we have to respect Manchester United, they have a fantastic team and a fantastic Coach [Jose Mourinho].
“That said, I expect Juventus to win. Going back to Manchester is always really emotional for me.”
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