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'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".

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Madrid to hold press conference amid Benitez exit talk

Real Madrid have called a press conference for Monday evening amid speculation that manager Rafa Benitez's position could be under threat.

Benitez suffered an embarrassing defeat against Barcelona. Credit: PA

It follows Saturday's humiliating El Clasico defeat at home against Barcelona, when Madrid were thrashed 4-0.

Disgruntled supporters waved white handkerchiefs following a performance which many believe sealed Benitez's fate at the club.

Subsequent reports over the weekend suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo issued Madrid with an ultimatum, threatening to leave the club unless they dismiss Benitez.

A statement released by the club this afternoon, following a board level meeting, read:

The Real Madrid C. F. president, Florentino Perez, will hold a media conference at 6:30pm GMT this evening in the Santiago Bernabeu following the board meeting.

– Real Madrid statement

Real Madrid thrashed at home by Barcelona

Barcelona embarrassed their great rivals. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid suffered El Clasico humiliation after crumbling to a 4-0 thrashing at home against Barcelona.

Neymar and Andres Iniesta scored goals sandwiched in between a Luis Suarez double that moved the Catalans six points clear of their great rivals.

Following the result, Madrid manager Rafael Benitez's odds of being dismissed during the current campaign dropped to just 10/11, as the home fans waved white handkerchiefs at disgust with what they were witnessing.

Barcelona, for whom Lionel Messi returned from injury as a second half substitute, have now won their last five league matches on the spin and remain strong favourites to win La Liga this season.

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