Ronaldo happy to be hated

14 June 2009 09:58
Read Madrid-bound Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that he enjoys being singled out for abuse by opposition supporters. Manchester United have accepted a world record £80million transfer fee from Real which will see the Portuguese phenomenon switch to Spain this summer once personal terms are agreed. Ronaldo flourished in the wake of the 2006 World Cup, when he was targeted by opposition fans in the Premier League angry at his reaction to Wayne Rooney's red card in England's quarter-final defeat by Portugal. The gifted forward, who appears to be never out of the spotlight, believes that for every fan who jeers him, there are more who appreciate his talents. InsultsRonaldo told French football magazine So Foot: "I love it when people jeer me. I love to see the hate in their eyes, to hear the insults. It doesn't bother me. "It's true lots of people hate me but there are even more who love me and who support me. "I feel bad only when I play badly. Fortunately, that happens rarely." Ronaldo has set his sights on carving his name into the football history books and will not rest of what he has already achieved at Old Trafford. He added: "I still have a long way to go. I really want to re-write the history of football. "I an aware I'm already among the best of the best but I want to continue to write many more beautiful pages." FergusonThe former Sporting Lisbon ace will come up against Barcelona star Lionel Messi on a regular basis in Spain, with the Argentina ace winning their personal duel in this summer's UEFA Champions League final. But Ronaldo said: "I have nothing to envy Lionel for. I don't compare myself to others. I am Cristiano Ronaldo - and I can win more medals than anybody else. "I don't like to relax. The fans want see a great Cristiano Ronaldo so I try to never disappoint." United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that once it became clear Ronaldo was keen to join Real, there was little they could do to stand in his way. Ferguson told the Mail on Sunday: "He wanted to leave, it's as simple as that. "He was going to go for some time. We've done well to keep him for so long."

Source: SKY_Sports