Ronaldo's parting shot: I'll be playing in a better league in Spain
05 July 2009 08:32
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Cristiano Ronaldo delivered a parting shot at English football by claiming the Spanish league is superior to the Barclays Premier League ahead of his unveiling in front of 80,000 fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday evening.
And the world's most expensive player believes the flow of players to Spain is proof that English football is no longer the place to be.
'The Premier League is a very good competition, but the Spanish league is going to have a little more quality because of the players who are arriving,' said Ronaldo.
World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted La Liga willbe stronger than the Premier League next season
'Both leagues are going to be very good, but, with club presidentFlorentino Perez's signings, the Spanish league is superior to theEnglish.
'It's going to be a magnificent competition in Spain this year. Allthe players have a lot of quality and the referees protect the playersmore.'
Departing Ronaldo pays tribute to 'father' figure FergieReal Madrid president Perez plots European super leagueCristiano Ronaldo: Get Real - I'm worth every penny of my £80m price-tag Ronaldo has told fans, many of whom will welcome him at apresentation in the stadium this evening, that he is determined to deliver the Champions League next season, when the final will be heldat the Bernabeu.
He said: 'Winning the European Cup in our own stadium would be adream. I think it's possible with all the players we have. We're thefavourites, although we have to recognise that Barcelona are thecurrent champions and they played so well to win it last season.'
Ronaldo's prime-time presentation will be aired live throughout thecountry and he is set to be the first player to fill the club's stadiumat his official unveiling.
Brazilian Kaka drew a crowd of 50,000 last week but the man Madridpress have dubbed the 'Latin Becks' is set to outdo the former Milanmidfielder and David Beckham when he joined in 2003.
The former England captain failed to repeat the success he enjoyedat Old Trafford after making the switch to the Spanish capital, winningonly one league title in four seasons at the club. But Ronaldo believeshe can repeat his own Manchester United glory days in Spain.
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to taste European Cup glory again with Real Madrid after winning the competition with Manchester United in Moscow last year
He said: 'My desire is to win with Real Madrid everything I won with Manchester United. With the structure in place at the club I think that's possible.
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'The new players have to get to know each other and gelwith those already at the club and then make sure we win things together to make the club even greater.
'I want to win the Ballon d'Oragain as well with Madrid although that's not my priority.'
Ronaldo will be presented with the coveted No 9 shirt by the most famous player to ever wear that number for the club - the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano.
The winger added: 'It will be a great honour - he is the Bobby Charlton of Real Madrid. I hope I can go on to win as many honours as he did.
'I want to go down in history as one of the greatest players ever and if I can be remembered as the greatest of all time then that wouldbe fantastic. When I signed for Manchester United I had so much desire to play there for all the history of the club and now I feel that way joining Madrid.'
Real president Perez, not content which splashing out a world recordfee of £80million on the Portugal star, as well as £56m for Kaka, stillwants to make two more signings before the summer is out and BayernMunich star Franck Ribery, along with
Liverpool's Xabi Alonso, arestill in his sights.
He is also understood to be keen on sitting down with Europe's otherbig clubs in the hope of persuading UEFA officials to eventuallyreplace the lucrative Champions League with a European Super League.
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