Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals He Wants to Finish Career at Real Madrid

Christopher AtkinsContributor INovember 22, 2013

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has sought to silence speculation regarding his future, insisting he wants to finish his career with the Santiago Bernabeu club.

As reported by BBC Sport in September, Ronaldo recently signed a new €17 million-per-year deal at the club, keeping him in Spain until the summer of 2018. The extension followed a summer of continued links with a return to Manchester United.

However, per ESPN FC, Ronaldo told the El Partido de las 12 radio show:

I love the people of Madrid, los madrilenos, los madridistas. I am living a dream when I go into the Estadio Bernabeu, knowing the fans love me a lot and I feel really good.

I feel like I want to finish my career here because I feel really happy, I love living in Madrid, I love playing for the best club in the world. I cannot ask for any more.

Ronaldo joined Real in 2009, having spent six years at Old Trafford where he had made himself an idol with the Stretford End faithful. As such, there are many at his former club who would have liked to see his return to the North West of England.

However, the suggestion is that Sir Alex Ferguson's exit from the club this summer may have put an end to those hopes, per Chris Bascombe of

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 09:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their fifth goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad de Futbol  at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 9, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo b
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At Madrid, he has been sensational and looks set to potentially clinch the second FIFA Ballon d'Or award of his career for his performances in 2013.

Ronaldo scored his 200th Real Madrid goal earlier this season, per the club website, and achieved the feat in the fewest games (197) in team history. However, the one big regret of his time at the club so far will undoubtedly be the lack of major trophies—with just one league title to his name.

Los Merengues are desperate for a 10th Champions League title, as well as to beat fierce rivals Barcelona in the league each season. At present, both have proved unattainable—bar the solitary title-winning campaign under Jose Mourinho.

Ronaldo, who famously grew up as a Real supporter, would love to fire the club to Champions League glory and place himself among the club's greatest-ever figures. He can do little more but must hope for better support from those around him in coming seasons if he is to succeed.