‘I’m no devil’, blasts an­gry Ron­aldo

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MADRID: De­spite the joy of help­ing seal Real Madrid’s 33rd La Liga ti­tle on Sun­day, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo slammed his treat­ment by the me­dia, say­ing he is not “the devil” he is made out to be.

Ron­aldo scored his 40th goal of the sea­son in­side two min­utes as Madrid won 2-0 at Malaga to de­pose Barcelona as Span­ish cham­pi­ons.

How­ever, when ques­tioned about a ges­ture he made to Celta Vigo play­ers in Madrid’s 4-1 win over the Gali­cians on Wednes­day in­sin­u­at­ing Celta had been of­fered bonuses to dam­age Madrid’s ti­tle charge, Ron­aldo turned on the press pack.

“Peo­ple say things about me with­out know­ing a thing and it both­ers me. You (the me­dia) say things about Cris with­out know­ing the truth,” said the World Player of the Year.

“I am not a saint, but I am also not a devil like many peo­ple think I am.

“I don’t like this type of thing be­cause I have a fam­ily, I have a mother, a son, and I don’t like that they say stupid things about me.”

Ron­aldo was hap­pier when talk­ing about his con­tri­bu­tion on the field to Madrid’s first La Liga ti­tle in five years as his early strike at La Ros­aleda was his 14th goal in his last nine games.

“I’ve pre­pared to be in top shape for the end of the sea­son,” he added.

“I’ve helped the team with my goals, my de­ci­sions and for that I am happy.” AFP

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Real Madrid’s Cris­tiano Ron­aldo (right), with his team­mates, talks to sup­port­ers at Plaza de Ci­beles as they cel­e­brate their vic­tory in La Liga on Sun­day.

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