Cristiano Ronaldo eager to secure new contract after CWC heroics

Cristiano Ronaldo eager to secure new contract after CWC heroics
From ESPN - December 16, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane both said they would like to resolve the showdown over the Portuguese star's contract after he scored the winning goal in the Club World Cup final on Saturday.

Madrid dominated from start to finish, with the only goal coming just after half-time when Ronaldo's free kick powered straight through the Gremio wall to the net.

Speaking to reporters afterward at the stadium in Abu Dhabi, Ronaldo commented on the reported deadlocked talks over a payrise which have again raised doubts over his long-term future with Madrid.

"If it was possible I would like that, but it does not depend on me," he said. "All I can control is what I do on the pitch. I am not in charge at the club, I do my work, and I believe I do it well."

Zidane told his postmatch news conference that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner deserves an extension from the Bernabeu hierarchy after yet again coming good when needed most.

"[Cristiano] never lets us down," Zidane said. "He is always there in the key moments. Of course I would like him to sign a new contract already. Nobody does what he does."

Requests from Ronaldo's camp to negotiate a new deal have so far been rebuffed by Madrid president Florentino Perez, although the club chief told AS from Abu Dhabi that anybody who questioned the club's record goalscorer was basically questioning the sport itself.

"Cristiano always scores," Perez said. "To question him is to question Madrid and almost to question football. He plays great games, and transmits ambition and this motivation he has."

Ronaldo, asked byTV Espanaif he had been bothered by criticism of his finishing during a lean spell earlier during the La Liga campaign, said nobody could argue with his statistics as he became the top scorer in Club World Cup history in the semifinal.

"What can I say, the numbers speak for themselves," he said. "I do not need to say anything, I respond out on the pitch. I am very happy, the team have been great and we have won another trophy."

The Copa Libertadores champions were outclassed throughout, with Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and second-half substitute Gareth Bale coming close to making it 2-0, and Blancos keeper Keylor Navas not having a shot to save all game.

Ronaldo said that adding the Club World Cup to the Champions League, La Liga, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Supercopa was another objective achieved.


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