Friday, March 23, 2007

Ronaldo: I am not a Galatico leave me alone....

Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo has snubbed the overtures of Real Madrid by claiming he is not a Galactico. The midfielder, recently dubbed the best player in the world by his manager Sir Alex Ferguson, has also revealed he wants to sign a new deal with the Red Devils.

Ronaldo has been heavily linked with a move to the Liga giants over recent weeks, with Spanish daily As reporting on Tuesday that Real are willing to spend 80 million euros in a bid to lure him to the Bernabeu.

But the 22-year-old's latest rebuffal is sure to put a large dent in their hopes of capturing his signature.

The Portuguese international said: "I consider myself a United footballer who is playing well and trying to help the team. If things keep going well, I want to stay here. I'm not a Galactico.

"I'm only thinking about United and I want to stay here for more than two more years," he added. "I want to leave my mark on this era, win titles and be a figure in the history of this club."

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng has warned Ronaldo that his showboating could soon land him in trouble.

The flying winger was on the end of a heavy challenge from Boro's James Morrison in Monday's FA Cup win - a tackle that saw the referee produce a red card - and Boateng can see more of the same coming Ronaldo's way if he continues to dazzle opponents with his trickery.

"A lot of players want to do what Morrison did," the Boro captain said. "Why didn't Ronaldo do his tricks when it was 0-0 and people were fighting to get a goal? It annoys people.

"People have pride. No one likes to have the mickey taken out of them and if you're going to do that, one day someone will hurt him properly and he'll be out for a long time.

"We know he can do his tricks, but don't do it when you're winning 1-0 and there's only two minutes to go. When you're playing Sunday football with your mates it's great, but not at this level."