Wednesday August 21 2019
Ronaldo: My toughest year

Cristiano Ronaldo admits 2018 was ‘my toughest year’ and that he ‘doesn’t agree’ with defenders and goalkeepers being sold for €70-80m.

Ronaldo’s success on the field and record transfer to Juventus was overshadowed by allegations of sexual assault, although he will not be facing any charges.

“It was a very difficult year, perhaps my toughest, but not in professional terms,” continued the Portuguese to TVI.

“When people question your integrity, it hurts, above all because I have a big family, a partner, four children, a 9-year-old who is intelligent and already understands things.

“It went into our home because of a newspaper and it was really difficult for me, as it was for my whole family.

“It’s a case that I don’t feel comfortable talking about, but thankfully it’s been proved that I’m innocent.

“My friends, loved ones and those who love me knew I was innocent. I’m proud of them, for how they reacted. I’m myself once more.”

The No 7 was once the world’s most expensive player when he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for €94m.

However, similar fees have since been splashed out on the likes of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Virgil van Dijk and Harry Maguire...

“It’s hard to say how much I’m worth now. Today any player costs €100m. Joao [Felix] is a special case, but if you look at defenders and goalkeepers being sold for €70-80m...

“I don’t agree with it, but that’s the market we’re in now and the times we live in. Maybe I’d be worth 3-4 times as much as I was.

“My subconscious is working. I’m giving 75 percent and no more than 100 percent, but I’m still as motivated as I was on my first day.

“I want to win everything with Juventus, the Champions League, of course. The 2022 World Cup will also be spectacular.”

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