Ronaldo: I don't care about records
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is not "obsessed" with breaking individual records and is only driven by the prospect of winning trophies for the team.
Ronaldo, 26, took his La Liga goal tally for the season to 36 with a stunning hat-trick against Getafe on Tuesday - three days after he hit four against Sevilla.
That seven-goal blitz has seen him move five clear of Barcelona ace Lionel Messi in the race for the Pichichi - the top scorer's prize in the Primera Division - and it also leaves Ronaldo just two shy of the Spanish top-flight record of 38, set by Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra in 1950-51 and equalled by Real hotshot Hugo Sanchez in 1989-90.
But despite being on the brink of creating goalscoring history, Ronaldo - who with 49 goals in all competitions this season has already overtaken Bernabeu legend Ferenc Puskas' club record of 47 in a single term - has stressed he is only focused on helping the team win and does not care that much about breaking records.
"I'm fighting to reach a very important mark [the Primera Division record], but I'm not obsessed about doing it,'' Ronaldo told Real's official website.
"I'm not thinking a lot about that (the records), I prefer to do my thing to help the team to win and if I beat the records then that would be good, but if I don't to be honest I don't care about that. I just want to play to enjoy it and keep well myself.''
Speaking about the win over Getafe, which delayed Barcelona's title celebrations at least by another 24 hours, Ronaldo added: "It was good, we won 4-0 and we played good. I scored three goals and I'm very proud of that, but the most important thing is that we win. We want to finish the league well and it's always important to win.
"It's true that on occasions my team-mates have looked to try and help me score, but the team comes above the individual.''
Real assistant coach Aitor Karanka, who was again speaking in place of Jose Mourinho in the post-match press conference, said of Ronaldo: "They are impressive figures and he is capable of doing this and much more with the quality he has. It's also the work of all the team, which also has impressive collective numbers this season.''
And Real general director Jorge Valdano added his voice to those praising the Portuguese forward.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is amazing and a great professional," Valdano said. "The team's performance was incredibly solid; the players only looked to pass the ball to Ronaldo more often than not when the game was practically sealed."