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Ronaldo: United still kings of England

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he was so confident Manchester United would win the league that he put a bet on that outcome.

But he did not cash in, as Manchester City lifted the Premier League title with a dramatic 3-2 victory over QPR last Sunday, having scored twice during injury time.

While many are predicting that triumph will spark a period of City dominance, former United man Ronaldo feels the Red Devils will bounce back in style.

"I saw a few days ago [City scored] two goals in the last minutes, 91 and 93. I had a bet that Manchester United would win the league but I lost,'' he told Sky Sports News. "I feel very disappointed because United are still in my heart.

"City have a fantastic team now, but I think Manchester [United] will carry on being kings of England.''

Discussing his own future, Ronaldo left the door open for a potential return to United by remaining coy about how long he will stay with Real. "The future? Nobody knows," he said. "[But] I feel very happy here. It's a great club, fantastic fans ... it's great. In one year or two you never know. A man's head is always complicated.''

Meanwhile, Ronaldo has claimed that the rivalry between himself and Lionel Messi has helped Barcelona and Real Madrid become the top two sides in world football.

"Sometimes it makes me tired ... for him too because they compare us together all the time,'' he told CNN World Sport. "You cannot compare a Ferrari with a Porsche because it's a different engine. You cannot compare them.

"He does the best things for Barcelona, I do the best things for Madrid, so the number [of goals] ... everyone says it's incredible for him and for me because we beat our own records, so it's amazing.

"I think we push each other sometimes in the competition [La Liga], this is why the competition is so high. This is why Madrid and Barcelona are the best teams in the world because everyone pushes each other.''


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