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Ronaldo happy at Madrid, despite lack of trophies

May 12, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is satisfied with his first season at Real Madrid even though it looks destined to end trophyless.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates
GettyImagesCristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot

Ronaldo has scored 26 goals in 28 the league since moving to the Bernabeu from Manchester United for a world-record £80million last summer, but Madrid head into the final round of fixtures a point behind Barcelona.

Manuel Pellegrini's side must win at Malaga and hope Barca fail to beat Real Valladolid at the Nou Camp if they are to pip their rivals to the title. However, regardless of the outcome, Ronaldo is content with how things are progressing in the Spanish capital.

''I really enjoyed the season that I've done, but what's missing is winning a title,'' he said. ''I'm very happy here in Madrid and my team-mates have helped me a lot, but the team has not won anything.

''We have to keep fighting and I am confident we will win many titles (in future).''

Of this term's finale, he added: ''It's hard to win the league, but in football anything can happen. Mathematically it is possible. We have to win in Malaga and see what happens in Barcelona. We must have hope.''

Ronaldo considers the Champions League exit - at the last-16 stage to Lyon in March - the biggest disappointment of his first 12 months in Spain.

''It was very bad, very difficult, but the circumstances must be taken into account,'' he told Spanish television programme Punto Pelota. ''We have new players, a team under construction, a different coach and we know that success does not come straight away - you have to slide a bit.

''I remember in my first two years at Manchester we did not win anything and we went on to win the Champions League.''

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu and, while Ronaldo is impressed by Mourinho's coaching record, he remains behind current boss Manuel Pellegrini.

''The successes speak for themselves,'' he said of his fellow Portuguese. ''A person earning titles is a good person. Success does not come just like that.''

He added: ''At the moment, Pellegrini fits more with me.''