NEWS

\n Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United\'s Champions League winning side in 2008 was better than th...
\n Pep Guardiola insists he has \"no words\" left to describe Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgian inspire...
\nReal Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo feels Lionel Messi and Barcelona should offer a guard of ho...
\nManchester United suffered a blow in their pursuit of Antoine Griezmann with Barcelona chief Josep ...
\nManchester City star Raheem Sterling was reportedly racially abused and physically assaulted on Sat...
Read More
Real-Madrids-Cristiano-Ronaldo-celebrates-scoring-their-first-goal.jpg

“I will never be a striker” – Cristiano Ronaldo rubbishes idea of Real Madrid role change

Date Posted,June 3, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo has rubbished claims he is playing as a striker and insisted he will never be deployed in that position.

The 32-year-old has received a lot of praise recently after many believing he has adapted to the number nine role for Real Madrid brilliantly.

Previously, Ronaldo was always used in a wide position, where his devastating pace would allow him to cut in on either foot and shoot.

However, with the star now in his 30s, the Portuguese has assumed a more central position where pace isn’t as much of an issue.

Ronaldo celebrates scoring Real’s first goal (Photo: REUTERS)

The Portuguese scored two goals from his central role in Real Madrid’s 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus on Saturday night.

But, shortly before the final, Ronaldo was keen to point out that he was not playing as a striker.

Ronaldo scores Real’s second (Photo: AFP)

“People think I’m front. I will never be front,” said Ronaldo to La Sexta show ‘Jugones’. “I have made almost 600 goals playing in the position I play, why change.

“It depends on the tactics that the coach puts. I like to play freer, when we play 4-4-2, I like it more.

Ronaldo falls to his knees at full-time (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

“But that does not mean I do not like playing with 4-3-3 because I make other moves and I start from a different position.

“Of course I like to play freer because it is a position in which I also play with Portugal, but obviously I also like the 4-3-3.”

Back to previous page

payment with

Security