Cristiano Ronaldo put in another sensational performance in the Bernabéu on Tuesday night, scoring a hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Atlético 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals. The Portuguese spoke to Real Madrid television on Wednesday about his 400th goal for the club and the team’s objectives.
Ronaldo: "We're a step closer to Cardiff"
Run-in: “We’re a step closer to Cardiff and we’re very satisfied. I feel very good, I’ve prepared well to be in good shape for the final weeks of the league and the Champions League. Of course you need a little bit of luck as well, I’ve worked hard and things are going well, not just for me but for the team as a whole.”
Effort: “I always say that with dedication and hard work things work out naturally. I’m happy, I feel fortunate and I am from this planet.”
400 goals: “It’s something very special. It’s a lot of goals, I didn’t expect it. It’s the result of the hard work the team have put in, that I have put in and all the people at the club and the fans, who always support us. Playing in this shirt is always an extra motivation. I’m happy and I want to give my best in the years I have left on my contract, score more goals and help Real Madrid to win titles.”
Cardiff: “The team is in phenomenal shape. Tuesday was further evidence that the team is playing well and with confidence. To win 3-0 is incredible and it was an important victory. The dominance we had on the pitch shows that the players are fresh. We’re very motivated and we want to get to the final of the Champions League. We have a small advantage, we’re one step away from Cardiff and hopefully we can finish the job.”