Monday, 14th January, 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo believes there is more pressure involved with playing for Real Madrid than Manchester United, due to the Spaniards’ European Cup obsession.

The Portuguese forward swapped Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in the summer of 2009, when Real Madrid splashed out an astonishing £80M to tempt Manchester United to part with him.

Ronaldo has added more to his game at Real Madrid and is regularly a part of the ‘best player in the world’ discussions, which often pits him against Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

The Portuguese has experienced the pressure of playing for two huge clubs in Manchester United and Real Madrid.


But he feels the pressure in Spain just edges it.

"They’re the best two clubs in the world and that’s why it’s always difficult to be successful with them. They’ve got positive things and less positive things", Ronaldo told

"I think there’s more pressure at Madrid than at United. I’ve been here for three-and-a-half years now and I think that’s the case because everyone involved in totally focused on winning the club’s tenth European Cup.

"That creates a certain amount of anxiety, which can be felt at all times."

Real Madrid will come face-to-face with Manchester United in the Champions League Round of 16 next month, which has drawn the two giants to play each other.

And one of the game’s heavyweights will be crashing out of Europe.

Ronaldo will hope it is not Real Madrid.

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