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Oct 31, 2008

Ronaldo: I'm logical choice for individual awards

Cristiano Ronaldo, favourite for both the Ballon D'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award, has again insisted he is happy at Manchester United. "I have my mind completely on the club," said Ronaldo. "I am happy there. At the moment my aim is to get back to top form as quickly as possible and win as many trophies as last season."

Ronaldo has only been back in action for a month after deciding to undergo surgery on a troublesome ankle injury.

"I was already injured at the end of the season and I wasn't completely aware of the seriousness of my injury," he added. "At Euro 2008, it felt very painful, I tried to do the best.

"At the beginning of matches, the pain was bearable, but after 20 or 30 minutes, my foot kept really swelling."

Ronaldo, who also refused to discuss any talk of his continuing dalliance with Real Madrid, claimed it would be "logical" for him to win the European Footballer of the Year award.

The 23-year-old was runner-up to AC Milan's Kaka last year but is favourite to go one better this time around after scoring 42 goals for United last season on their way to Champions League and Premier League title glory.

"You could consider it logical and that's pretty much my opinion," Ronaldo told French sports daily L'Equipe. "But it's not me who votes.

"There are several candidates, but the person who has to win is he who was the best during the whole year.

"I was very consistent, I was a Premier League winner, I won the Champions League, I was the best European goalscorer, the best goalscorer in the Champions League."

And he claims he is unconcerned by his rivals for the titles.

"I only think about me, about my progression," continued Ronaldo, "I don't worry about possible rivals.

"Everything I did, I did well, I succeeded in having an extraordinary season."

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