Ron­aldo feel­ing back to his best

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Three-time World Player of the Year Cris­tiano Ron­aldo in­sists he will have a “spec­tac­u­lar” sea­son de­spite a slow start to the cam­paign caused by knee lig­a­ment dam­age. Ron­aldo was side­lined for two months by a sprained left knee lig­a­ment picked up dur­ing Por­tu­gal’s Euro 2016 fi­nal tri­umph over France, forc­ing him to miss Madrid’s first three games of the sea­son. He has scored just once in four La Liga games since mak­ing his re­turn, but net­ted five times in Por­tu­gal’s routs over An­dorra and the Faroe Is­lands in the past week.

“I had a se­ri­ous in­jury, I was out for two months. Now I am back and at the start I has less con­fi­dence, but bit-by-bit I am feel­ing bet­ter and more con­fi­dent. I feel that I am back to what I was,” Ron­aldo told Madrid sports daily Marca yes­ter­day. “The sea­son is very long and I am sure I am go­ing to have an­other spec­tac­u­lar sea­son.”

Ron­aldo is ex­pected to sign a bumper new con­tract with the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons un­til 2021 in the com­ing days and re­it­er­ated his in­ten­tion to re­tire in the Span­ish cap­i­tal af­ter be­com­ing the club’s all-time top goalscorer since join­ing from Manch­ester United in 2009. “I didn’t ex­pect to be at Real Madrid for so long. I have al­ready said that I want to re­tire here. It is the club in my heart. “It gives me the op­por­tu­nity to win in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive tro­phies. What I want most of all is to re­new (my con­tract) with Real Madrid and con­tinue here for many years to come.”

De­spite bag­ging two Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles and win­ning the Bal­lon d’Or twice dur­ing his time with Real, Ron­aldo has still only won one La Liga ti­tle in seven full sea­sons. Zine­dine Zi­dane’s men need to get back to win­ning ways at Real Betis yes­ter­day af­ter three con­sec­u­tive La Liga draws have seen them cede top spot to Atletico Madrid on goal dif­fer­ence. How­ever, with still a two-point lead over cham­pi­ons Barcelona, Ron­aldo is con­vinced Madrid can end a five-year wait to win La Liga. “It is the com­pe­ti­tion in which we have to more con­sis­tent. It is an im­por­tant tro­phy and hope­fully this will be the year. “Madrid can’t go so many years with­out win­ning La Liga, but we are con­fi­dent and mo­ti­vated that we are go­ing to win it.”

—AFP

AVEIRO, Por­tu­gal : Por­tu­gal’s for­ward Cris­tiano Ron­aldo (R) vies with An­dorra’s mid­fielder Vic­tor Ro­driguez (L) dur­ing the WC 2018 foot­ball qual­i­fi­ca­tion match be­tween Por­tu­gal and An­dorra at the Mu­nic­i­pal de Arouca sta­dium.

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