The nine-time winners face off against Ronaldo’s former side Manchester United next and the Portuguese forward has said that the thought of winning the world’s biggest club competition is something that drives him on.
“The Champions League is the [best] for a player and to win it excites me a lot this year,” Ronaldo told AS.
"The first gift [for his birthday on Tuesday] I would ask for is the Decima [10th European Cup]. [It would be] something very special for Real Madrid after so many years without winning it and, of course, it would be also [special] for me."
Jose Mourinho’s side currently trails La Liga leader Barcelona by 16 points and is seven points behind local rival Atletico Madrid, but Ronaldo still believes los Blancos can win the cup competitions they are involved in this season.
“I have many challenges ahead, [such as] the Champions League and Copa del Rey with Madrid, because we know the League is very complicated [to win].”
The 28-year-old also criticized Levante defender David Navarro for his robust challenge that left Ronaldo with stitches above his eye in the 2-1 win in November.
“He has not called me [since the incident], but I do not want to talk much about this issue because a guy who catches me strongly and opens up my brow requiring me to have six stitches deserves a big punishment and penalty.
“But treatment in football is not the same for all players. But, nothing has happened and it wasn’t even whistled for a foul. It hurts, because these things do not do justice to football. It makes me sad because it is not a good example for children.”
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