Cristiano Ronaldo says he is living the dream at the Santiago Bernabeu and believes there is no other club like Real Madrid.
Speaking to Canal COPE’s El Larguero de las 12 programme, the Portuguese also told how it took him some time to truly connect with the club and its supporters, but is happy he did so.
“It was only in my third or fourth year that I started to get to know about Madrid, both on and off the pitch, and I am now a person who is 100 per cent happy. I’m living a dream when I enter the Bernabeu. The people like me a lot and I feel really good.
“I want to remain here for many more years and finish my contract, because after Madrid there is no other club like it.”
The former Manchester United man revealed that he does not think about the future too much.
“I like to think of the present. When that’s good, when you are enjoying it and motivated to do well, the future worries you less. But in all honesty I feel as if I want to end my career here as I’m happy. I like living in Madrid and like playing for the best club in the world. I couldn’t ask for more.”
With the Ballon d’Or due to be awarded in January, the 28-year-old was asked if he thought he was now considered the best player in the world, whilst he also discussed how he prepares for games.
“I think it’s not just about now. I’ve had to demonstrate a very high level of play for the last few years. It’s not a coincidence.
“Since I’ve been at Madrid I’ve had to remind people of my presence. There are different tastes, yet as I’ve said many times I cannot please everyone.
“In training I always try to do well and during the day I make few errors. There are times when you can’t be good, but during the year I try to live my life the same, independent of who we are playing against.
“I always prepare the same, whether it’s Osasuna or Barcelona. When I come from [the training ground] Valdebebas I go and do my own thing: spa, swimming pool, stretching…
“Thank God I’ve not had many injuries, but I don’t think that’s a coincidence. If you train well there’s less chance of you picking one up.
“I’m 100 per cent dedicated to football, although perhaps it’s God who is also generous to me and prevents me getting injured,” he concluded.