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I love to be hated: Ronaldo

The ego has landed. After clinching a world record deal of £80m, Cristiano Ronaldo is shooting off his lips. The richest footballer could not hide his ego when interviewed by a French magazine recently. For him, fans’ jeering him makes him stronger mentally and help him perform better.

sports Updated: Jun 14, 2009 23:14 IST

The ego has landed. After clinching a world record deal of £80m, Cristiano Ronaldo is shooting off his lips. The richest footballer could not hide his ego when interviewed by a French magazine recently. For him, fans’ jeering him makes him stronger mentally and help him perform better.

“I love it when people jeer me. I love to see the hate in their eyes, to hear the insults,” he reveals in an interview to French magazine So Foot, which has been quoted by various websites across the world. Ronaldo also insists that such insults only spur him on to play better.

According to reports on websites, the Portuguese midfielder thinks he will have no problem travelling to Manchester and play against his former teammates.

“It doesn’t bother me,” he says. “It’s true lots of people hate me but there are even more who love me and who support me. I feel bad only when I play badly. Fortunately, that happens rarely.”

He considers himself to one of the best footballers in the history of sport and feels he can rewrite footballing folklore with his skill. “I still have a long way to go. I really want to re-write the history of football,” he says in the interview. “I’m already among the best but I want to continue to write many more beautiful pages.”

On his comparison with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, he says quite nonchalantly: “It’s pointless.

“I have nothing to envy Lionel for. I don’t compare myself to others. I am Cristiano Ronaldo - and I can win more medals than anybody else. I don’t like to relax.”