Ronaldo focused on success with Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Real Madrid from international duty Wednesday insisting his focus was just on his on-field success with the Spanish giants and not on an improved contract.
"I would like to reaffirm, without being concerned about contracts, that my focus is solely on winning every game and every available trophy with the essential company of my teammates and all madridistas (Madrid fans)," he wrote on his Facebook page.
Spanish newspaper AS reported Wednesday afternoon that Ronaldo arrived two hours early at Madrid's Valdebebas facility, and he spoke before training with coach Jose Mourinho. According to AS, the club wanted the player to make some kind of public statement to ease speculation that he was contemplating leaving, while Mourinho made it clear that he could not guarantee a pay raise.
Ronaldo has been the center of intense speculation about his future after revealing following Madrid's home win over Granada earlier this month that he did not celebrate his two goals in the match because he was "sad" for professional reasons, but without elaborating.
The Spanish media were quick to suggest the 27-year-old, who has scored 150 goals in 149 matches for Real, was eager to leave the Bernabeu, while a new improved contract was also mentioned as a possible reason for Ronaldo's discontent.
However, Ronaldo took to Twitter during international break to reassure fans that he remains fully committed to Real's cause, and rejected accusations that his current issues were motivated by money.
"That I am feeling sad and have expressed this sadness has created a huge stir. I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case," Ronaldo said in a statement.
Ronaldo, who cost Madrid a record $131 million in 2009, spent the past ten days with Portugal's national team before returning to Real on Wednesday.
"Two games, six points. Mission accomplished," he wrote about Portugal's recent World Cup qualifiers. "Yesterday we could have scored more goals, but it is also true that Azerbaijan greatly complicated our task. In any case, the final result of both games was very positive and it is now time to return to the club and think only about my club."
Information from ESPN FC Spain correspondent Dermot Corrigan and Press Association was used in this report.