Cristiano: Sanction hit me hard

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted his five-game ban at the start of the season was something he found hard to take.

The Portuguese received the sanction for shoving referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona in the Supercopa de Espana, with his subsequent appeal being dismissed Spain’s Administrative Court of Sport.

“The ban really hit me hard as I had prepared well for the start of the season,” confessed Ronaldo in an interview with El Chiringuito de Jugones.

“I got five games for something stupid. It’s typical that you say things and push. Sergi Roberto pushed Marcelo and he got four games. The referees need to be more flexible.

“In England there is a lot of swearing and the referee does his job better if he has some dialogue.

“My ban hurt because in my opinion it wasn’t fair. It’s happened with other players.”

Ronaldo was also asked about his future plans when he finally decides to call time on his playing career.

“I’ve had some practice as an actor in advertisements, of which I do many, but I’ll never be an actor with a main role at the age of 42.

“But I love playing some parts and I more or less speak Portuguese, English and Spanish. I say more or less because if I say I speak them well then they’ll call me big-headed.”

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