Ronaldo: I’m rooting for Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo says he is rooting for Spain in their Euro 2012 final clash with Italy in Kiev on Sunday.

The Portuguese saw the Spanish eliminate his country from the competition on penalties at the quarter-final stage last week, but insists he wants La Roja to triumph as he has lots of friends in Vicente Del Bosque’s squad.

“I hope Spain win the tournament now we have gone out because I have many friends there,” he told The Sun.

“On the pitch we are enemies but off it we are friends. Penalties are a lottery and they had the luck. I congratulate them.”

Ronaldo also revealed the mystery of the fifth penalty after it was not required in the shoot-out against Spain, insisting it was Portugal boss Paulo Bento who asked him if he wanted it.

“The boss asked me did I want to take it and I said yes. Sometimes I take the first, sometimes the second or third, but I agreed to take the fifth.

“It was nothing to do with having missed against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals. I was going to take the fifth,” he added.

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