Self-belief key for Cristiano Ronaldo


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Cristiano Ronaldo says his unstinting belief that no player in the world is better than him is the reason why he’s had a remarkable year.

The Portuguese superstar has enjoyed a hugely successful 12 months for his club – again – winning five trophies, including a second-successive Champions League trophy, the La Liga title and the World Club Cup.

Both Ronaldo and Real endured a shaky start to the current season, but the 33-year-old has once again proven his quality in front of goal since the start of 2018, scoring 21 times in 13 appearances.

The five-time Ballon D’Or winner averages a goal every 60 minutes in the Champions League and he says he firmly believes there isn’t a player better than him in the world.

“We should always believe we are the best,” said Ronaldo.

“You need to think big. I always believe that nobody is better than me, out on the pitch at least.”

Madrid are still on course to win their third-successive Champions League gong this season.

Ronaldo’s remarkable European record has continued at pace, with a dozen goals in eight games helping Zinedine Zidane’s team into a quarter-final showdown with Juventus. He describes the last 12 months as a “dream year”.

“On a personal and collective level I have had a dream year. I won five trophies (Champions League, UEFA Supercup, World Club Cup, Spanish league title and the Spanish Supercup), the Ballon D’Or and the FIFA ‘Best’ title,” he added.

Real Madrid are 2.50 to win their quarter-final first leg again Juve in Turin on April 3. The Serie A champions are 2.80, while the draw is 3.20.

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