The only thing which matters to him is the on-field performance. As long as the unit is performing together and winning matches, they need not worry about any thing else. At least this is what Cristiano Ronaldo had to say in his interview right before the their Champions League Round 16 encounter against Roma.
As per the ESPN sources, there is much talk about the “camaraderie” shared by Barcelona trio, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar. That was evident during the penalty shoot out last week. All three of them have on the record to state their friendship.
Apparently, Real Madrid forwards Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale do not share something to that of the Barca trio.
However, the 31-year-old Portuguese said that players need not be best friends outside football.
“When I was at Manchester United, we won the Champions League and there were some players I would only say ‘hi’ to, like [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes or [Rio] Ferdinand,” Ronaldo said. “But the harmony on the pitch was great.”
“It’s not necessary to go out eating with Bale, what matters is when you are on the field. What happens off it doesn’t count, it matters that we are a team on it,” he added.
Real Madrid play Roma at the Olimpico in their Champions League round 16 campaign. Ronaldo seems confident about their chances in the European Championship.
“I’m feeling good and the team are good,” he said. “We’re working well, playing well and scoring lots of goals. Of course this is not the Primera Division, it’s the Champions League, but we’ve got a great desire to win. These are the most difficult games on paper, but we’re looking to win it.”
Ronaldo also emphasised his desire for winning.
“Whether it’s Champions League, domestic league or cup, it’s the same for me — I always want to win. Tomorrow will be a great game against a great side, who are playing at home in front of their own fans, but we’ll be looking to win,” he remarked.