Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that winning a third Golden Shoe in the 2013-14 season was something he ‘really wanted’.
The Portuguese scored 31 La Liga goals to share the award – presented to the top scorer in the major European Leagues and formerly known as the Golden Boot – with Luis Suarez, and it was a prize he was desperate to get his hands on.
“Individual awards are the result of collective goals that have been achieved,” said Ronaldo in an exclusive interview with World Soccer Magazine.
“We had a fantastic season, winning the Champions League, Copa del Rey and the Supercopa, and an award like the Golden Shoe is the result of playing well as a team.
“I won’t lie. I really wanted to win it.”
Ronaldo conceded that although he would not have missed last season’s Champions League Final or the World Cup in Brazil, he was not in ideal physical shape at the time.
“I didn’t want to miss either but I wasn’t in tip-top condition, although at club level I was fine. We won, I scored and the team managed to win La Decima, which was what we were all hoping for.
“In life you don’t win things without making sacrifices and taking risks. We were involved in major competitions and it was tough, but things went well. With Portugal it was not so good,” confessed Ronaldo, who spoke of the pressure at Madrid to win an 11th European Cup.
“Everyone who plays for Madrid knows the pressure at the club. Not only on the inside but also on the outside.
“We are talking about the best team in the world and I think the pressure to win La Decima was at a maximum level.
“A club of our stature believes it can win the Champions League every year. This season we are more relaxed mentally so it won’t be the same.”