Star striker says Spanish rival club’s La Liga and Copa del Rey glory pales in comparison to Europe’s top prize
Madrid: Barcelona’s Spanish League and Cup double has not sparked envy in Real Madrid’s Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who says he will top it by winning Europe’s premier club competition Ronaldo claims Real Madrid winning the Champions League would be a greater achievement than Barcelona’s double this season. Madrid face city rivals Atletico at San Siro on Saturday hoping for a repeat performance of the sides’ 2014 Champions League final meeting, which Real won 4-1 after extra time.
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at Real Madrid sport city in Madrid recently. pic/AFP
Barca recovered from a slump of form in April — a run that began with defeat in the Clasico — to win their final five games of the season and the La Liga by a point from Madrid.
Luis Enrique’s men went on to win the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 extra-time win over Sevilla last Sunday, but Ronaldo believes Real have weightier ambitions.
He told La Sexta: “Winning the Champions is so much more than Barcelona’s double. A Champions League win is a dream come true and I’m telling you that from the heart.”
Ronaldo was also in magnanimous mood when discussing Luis Suarez pipping him to the ‘Pichichi Trophy’ — La Liga’s top goal-scorer award. “I was annoyed, so close to winning. However, full credit must go to Luis Suarez who has had an excellent season,” the Portugal international added.