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Cristiano Ronaldo news: 'I don't work to break records,' Juventus star clarifies

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1.54K   //    03 Jan 2019, 13:00 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

What's the story?

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has clarified that his goal, unlike popular opinion, is not merely to break records but it is to work for the good of the club.

In case you didn't know...

The Portuguese ace won a third consecutive Champions League title with his former side Real Madrid, after which he left to join Serie A giants Juventus.

Despite his slow start in the Serie A, Ronaldo has emerged as the top goal-scorer in the league, having netted 14 goals for the Bianconeri so far this season. 

The former Real Madrid star finished his year with 49 goals, only two behind Barcelona's Lionel Messi who boasts of 51 goals.

The heart of the matter

Despite often being considered as a player who is quite self-absorbed, Ronaldo has clarified that he does not play for records but he does so for the team instead.

The 33-year-old told Record (via Football Italia), "I don't work to break records, rather I work for the good of the club. 2018 was the best year of my career. In Serie A they mark me as tightly as they do in Spain, but there's less space here because all the teams have excellent defences."

The former Los Blancos star also spoke about the Champions League and life at Turin saying, "Winning the Champions League is a dream, but we mustn't make it an obsession. Team trophies count and I'm working to win them. Everyone in Turin welcomed me in a fantastic way. We're all feeling very good. I don't know when my career will end, but I'm fine and I want to keep going for many more years."

On his future, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner said, "Will I go back to Sporting like Nani? In football, you never know. ... It was the right decision to leave the national [team] momentarily, but I'll be back in 2019."

What's next?

Juventus will next face Bologna in a Coppa Italia game on January 13.

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