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Sep 4, 2012

Ronaldo keeps tight lid on Real 'sadness'

Cristiano Ronaldo joined the Portugal World Cup training camp on Monday but arrived at the team hotel without telling reporters precisely why he's "sad" at his Spanish club.

Real Madrid fans were left bewildered by Ronaldo's admission of feeling "sad" after a two-goal performance in Sunday's 3-0 victory over Granada. The Portugal forward called it a "professional" problem after refusing to celebrate his scores.

"I am sad and the club knows it, that's why I didn't celebrate the goals," said Ronaldo, who also scored two goals during the two-legged Supercopa triumph over Barcelona. "The appropriate people inside the club know why I'm sad. I won't say anything more."

The 27-year-old winger was met Monday by a media barrage at the national squad's training camp in Obidos, but didn't address reporters.

But earlier in the day, his agent, Jorge Mendes, addressed the rampant media speculation about the reasons for his client's displeasure with Real by issuing a statement through Gestifute, the agency that represents the Madrid player.

"Cristiano Ronaldo's comments are based on motivations that I'm aware of," Mendes said. "These revelations didn't surprise me and much less bother me. Whoever knows the relationshp I have with Cristiano Ronaldo knows that he can always count on my support."

Madrid forward Kaka also came out in full support of his teammate on Monday.

"To Cristiano I just would like to tell him that he has the support of the entire team," he is quoted as saying by Spanish news agency EFE. "We need him and he has to be happy. He has the support of the entire team."

Andres Iniesta edged out Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on Friday for the inaugural Best Player in Europe award. Asked on Sunday if that had upset him, Ronaldo replied "no."

"If I had won the award it wouldn't have surprised me, same thing if I lost it," he said. "Iniesta deserved it."

Ronaldo's comments have sparked rumors in the Spanish press that he is looking to leave Madrid. Several Spanish papers reported that Ronaldo had met with club president Florentino Perez on Saturday to discuss his problems, and his future.

Ronaldo joined Madrid from Manchester United in a transfer worth $131 million in 2009 to become one of the world's top earning players.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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