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Ronaldo reassures fans about Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo has reassured fans that he will be fit for Real Madrid's Champions League final, after suffering a thigh problem in training.

Ronaldo suffered a thigh injury in training. Credit: Reuters

The Portugal forward hurt his left thigh when colliding with Kiko Casilla following a push from Dani Carvajal and, after receiving treatment on the field, threw a water bottle in anger as he headed for the changing rooms.

His participation against city rivals Atletico Madrid in Milan on Saturday appeared to be in doubt, but the Portugal star insisted afterwards:

"It was a minor scare, a knock, but in a few days I will be well,"

Cristiano Ronaldo hits four against Celta Vigo

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Credit: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo scored four second-half goals in Real Madrid's 7-1 thrashing of Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale marked his return from a hamstring injury by scoring in his first appearance in 50 days, while Pepe and Jese also got on the scoresheet for the Merengues.

Iago Aspas got Celta's only goal in their worst defeat of the season, but the afternoon really belonged to Ronaldo, who moved on to 26 Primera Division goals for the season, one ahead of Barcelona forward Luis Suarez.

'I was born to be the best' - says Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo believes he was "born to be the best" and accepts his own vanity and arrogance have been the driving force behind his success.

The 30-year-old has won the Ballon d'Or three times and is Real Madrid's record goalscorer with 338 strikes in just 323 games.

Ronaldo's opinion of himself. Credit: PA

"There are people who hate me, who say I'm vain, or arrogant, or this or that... that's part of my success," Ronaldo said in an interview to be published in the El Mundo Sunday supplement 'Papel'.

"I was born to be the best. That's the way I am, and if all my achievements in football are down to that, then I wouldn't change a thing.

"I go to bed every night with a clear conscience and sleep perfectly well.

"You can't live obsessing about what other people think about you, if you did, you wouldn't live. Not even God can please everyone."

Ronaldo has been linked with a move back to United before his career finishes but the Portuguese has grand plans for his years in retirement.

"I want to live like a king," he added. "I'm going to enjoy it all even more when I finish my career, when I have the time to do whatever I want".


Former Man Utd star open to Madrid exit: 'Why not?'

Cristiano Ronaldo has not ruled out leaving Real Madrid one day, saying his future is still undecided.

Ronaldo isn't sure about his long term future. Credit: Reuters

The 30-year-old has been regularly linked with moves away from the Spanish giants, with his former club Manchester United often touted as a possible destination as is Major League Soccer.

Ronaldo, whose contract with Real Madrid expires in 2018, has not yet decided what path his career will take next, but is not offering any guarantees about finishing his playing days at the Santiago Bernabeu.

When asked by German magazine Kicker if he could imagine leaving Los Blancos, Ronaldo replied:

Why not? I'm a Real Madrid player at the moment, but you can never know. You've got to do what makes you happy. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow.All I can say is that I will always give my best for my club and for Portugal.

– Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo nets 33rd Real Madrid hat-trick

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a second-half hat-trick as Real Madrid opened their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 victory over 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk in Tuesday's Group A showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Karim Benzema put the hosts ahead in the 30th minute, while Shakhtar had midfielder Taras Stepanenko sent off for a second yellow card five minutes after the re-start.

Cristiano Ronaldo knows where the goal is. Credit: PA

Real, helped by a dubious penalty, doubled their lead through Ronaldo five minutes later and the Portugal international scored his second when he converted another spot-kick in the 63rd minute after Marcio Azevedo's clear handball.

Ronaldo capped off a wonderful evening for the home side when he headed his third of the night 10 minutes from time.

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