Real results more important than goals: Ronaldo

13 March 2012 02:47

Cristiano Ronaldo says he would be happily forego the personal glory brought by prolific goal-scoring feats if it meant Real Madrid stayed on track for a title-winning season.

The nine-times European champions can advance to the Champions League quarter-finals at the Santiago Bernabeu Wednesday when they face CSKA Moscow in the second leg of their round of 16 tie, having drawn 1-1 in Russia.

Ronaldo's 32 league goals so far this season have also helped propel Real to the top of the Spanish league with a 10-point cushion on Barcelona with 12 games remaining.

The Portuguese has scored two more than Lionel Messi who scored five goals in one Champions League game last week when Barcelona hammered Kaiserslautern 7-1.

Ronaldo, however, said beating his league tally of 40 goals from last season was not a certainty.

"Things are going well for me at the moment, but I can't promise anything," he said.

"And to be honest, I don't think about goals all that often. If I score that's great and if I don't it's not a disaster.

"Victory for the team is far more important than me scoring."

Real coach Jose Mourinho is hoping his spell as coach of Chelsea and Inter Milan -- he won the Champions League with the latter at the Bernabeu in 2010 -- will be beneficial.

"I know CSKA from when I was at Chelsea and at Inter and I know they're a complicated team to play," he added.

"They come at you quickly, are quick on the counter-attack and are strong in defence. But I think we have the tools to overcome them."

A possible Barcelona v Real Madrid meeting is possible later in the Champions League, but Ronaldo believes it would be unwise to look too far beyond CSKA.

"Lots of teams can still win this trophy, so you can't look too far ahead. If we don't get past CSKA, we're out. It's as simple as that," he said.

"It will be a difficult match tomorrow (Wednesday). Russian teams are usually physical. It won't be easy, but I'm confident.

"If we go on the way we've been going I think at the end of the season we will win a title."

Source: AFP

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