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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Dec 5, 2009

Ronaldo says sorry for seeing red

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo apologised to his team-mates and said he hopes to learn from his mistakes after being sent off for two needless bookings against Almeria on Saturday night.

• La Liga: Ronaldo sent off in Real Madrid win

Ronaldo, starting his first home match in more than two months having recovered from his ankle injury, was at the centre of a hugely eventful match that Madrid eventually won 4-2.

Not only did Ronaldo set up Madrid's first goal, he also scored their last, controversially won and then missed a penalty, before picking up two yellow cards in the final four minutes.

The first was for removing his shirt in celebration of his goal and then, soon after, he was shown a second yellow card for kicking Juanma Ortiz following a tussle by the touchline.

That red card means the Portugal international is now set to be suspended for next weekend's tough trip to fourth-placed Valencia.

Ronaldo was quoted as saying after the match by AS: "Taking off my shirt was an instinctive reaction. I know that I made a mistake but I'm human. I didn't want to do it.

"These are things that happen in football and I hope to learn from them. I've apologised to my team-mates.

"I'm sad that I won't be able to face (Valencia defender) Miguel, my team-mate with Portugal."

Regarding the incident involving Ortiz, Ronaldo added: "I won't lie, I hit him. I said sorry to him."

The world's most expensive player also spoke about his lack of celebration for Karim Benzema's crucial goal in the 83rd-minute, a strike that helped Madrid establish a 3-2 lead.

Benzema crashed the ball home after Ronaldo had seen his penalty saved by Almeria goalkeeper Diego Alves, who will have felt justice was done after conceding what was a debatable spot-kick.

The Brazilian looked to have got a hand on the ball as Ronaldo attempted to round him before the £80million man went crashing to the ground, but the referee ignored the Almeria team's protests and awarded the penalty.

Explaining why he did not join his team-mates in congratulating Benzema, Ronaldo said: "I was angry. I missed the penalty. I don't like to lose and I don't like to miss.

"My reaction is always going to be like that. I'm a professional but neither will I give up and I felt happy for Karim's goal and for mine."

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