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Ron: I need to hold temper

10 Mar 2009 - 10:14:58

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he needs to improve his reaction to challenges following a series of high-profile incidents this season.

The Portugal international was involved in a flare-up with Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor last week and has been widely criticised for petulant kicks at Stoke's Andy Wilkinson and Michael Dawson of Tottenham this season.

"I am a target of course, so it is difficult to avoid certain things," Ronaldo told The Sun.

"I try to control my anger. Sometimes it's not easy, though, and it is something I have to improve on.

"Sometimes it is difficult because of the atmosphere in the stadium and the importance of the game.

"I'm only 24 but I have a lot of experience of big games and that helps because you learn through situations.

"If someone kicks me, I get up and I go again. I am not afraid of being kicked, it is part of the game.

"I see it as a challenge that they have to kick me to stop me."

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