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Cristiano Ronaldo reveals he prefers taking penalties to free kicks

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo says he prefers taking penalties to free kicks because of the "adrenaline" of the spot-kick challenge.

Seven of Ronaldo's 33 goals in all competitions so far this season for Madrid have come from the penalty spot -- with just one missed attempt.

However, the previously excellent free kick taker has now converted just three of his last 100 dead-ball efforts from outside the box for club or country.

Asked 'free-kick or penalty' in an Unscriptd interview, the now 31-year-old thought for a moment before replying: "Penalty. I think penalties. It's better, the adrenalin is better, so I prefer stuff with adrenalin."

The interview came days after Ronaldo had commented cryptically on the "penalty pass" taken by Barcelona star Lionel Messi which allowed Luis Suarez to score in a 6-1 La Liga win over Celta Vigo -- a game in which Messi also curled in a 25-yard free-kick for his fifth direct dead-ball scored this season.

Suarez then missed a penalty in Barca's 3-1 win at Sporting Gijon on Wednesday night -- meaning he, Messi and Neymar have between them failed with six of the 12 penalties their team has been awarded in La Liga this season.

Ronaldo famously missed from the spot in the 2008 Champions League Final against Chelsea but did find the net from 12 yards in the final when Real Madrid won in 2014.


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