Cristiano Ronaldo's Happiness Must Be Carlo Ancelotti's Priority at Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo's Happiness Must Be Carlo Ancelotti's Priority at Real Madrid
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When Cristiano Ronaldo spoke of his lack of happiness at Real Madrid early in the 2012-13 campaign, many put it down to nothing more than politicking on the part of the Portuguese.

His thrilling form over the course of the season seemingly put an end to those rumours of unhappiness, with the 28-year-old netting an incredible 55 goals in 55 games for Los Blancos and taking his total record to a barely believable 201 goals in 199 matches. Some record in just four years.

In June president Florentino Perez let it be known that he hoped to tie Ronaldo to a new deal with the club, quoted in the Express as saying:

My aim, Cristiano's aim, and the aim of all Real Madrid fans is that he carries on playing here for many years to come.

The player, Cristiano Ronaldo wants that.

Indeed, he sounded supremely confident that his club's star man would swiftly put pen-to-paper on a new deal, his current contract having only two years left to run.

However, in one sole, singular Tweet, Ronaldo made his frustrations clear and his position known:

Rumours of a return to Manchester United have done the rounds, but Carlo Ancelotti, Ronaldo's new manager in Madrid, has started the charm offensive in his bid to encourage the player to continue with the nine-time European champions:

"It will be an honour for me to coach Ronaldo" the Italian is quoted as saying in the Independent

"It will be like it was coaching Zidane, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho before."

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And this is the way that it needs to be.

After last season's disappointment under Jose Mourinho, allied to the in-fighting which played out very publicly and only served to destabilise the club, one of Ancelotti's main aims for the new campaign is to get everybody singing from the same hymn sheet—and that certainly includes his best player.

When Ronaldo scored the winner at the Camp Nou in a 2-1 win over Barcelona during the 2011-12 campaign, his celebration was notable: arms pushing towards the ground, telling everybody to calm down, he was here and would take care of business.

Indeed, that's the way it has been since he has been at the Bernabeu. Even amongst Madrid's failings in 2012-13, he continued to live up to the enormous high standards that he continually sets for himself. Fifty-five goals last season included 34 in 34 league games, seven in the Copa del Rey including one in the final—where they eventually succumbed 2-1 to rivals Atletico—whilst he also netted 12 in 12 Champions League ties, making him the competitions top scorer.

It cannot be stressed enough just how vital he is to Madrid, his powerful and accurate distance shooting, outstanding aerial ability and clinical close range finishing making him almost the perfect executioner.

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Moreover, with Gonzalo Higuain close to the exit door, no new centre-forward as yet forthcoming to offer support to Karim Benzema and Spain under-21 international Alvaro Morata unproven at the highest level of the club game, Ancelotti's placation of the Portugal international skipper is more than understandable: It is a necessity.

The brilliant young Spaniard Isco has already joined the club from Malaga to add a freshness to the Real Madrid attack next season, and ease some of the burden on Madrid's other creative types. It would be surprising if there were no other new arrivals this summers.

But the biggest task of Carlo Ancelotti's first few months as Real Madrid manager has to be reassuring Cristiano Ronaldo. The man who averages over a goal per game for the Madridistas must be the Italian's main priority at the opening of his career in Spain.

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