Ronaldo said 2016 was the best year in my carrer

Cristiano Ronaldo has voted by Chinese fans to be 2016 MVP. He told Dongqiudi, the biggest football media and community in China, it was the best year in his carrer.

Q: Hello, Cristiano! We’re from Dongqiudi and it’s a great honor to have you on our interview. In China, we have a lot of fans who really love you and today we brought a few questions for you on behalf of them. At first, would you please say Hi to our Chinese fans through the camera?
A: Hello, 懂[don]球[chiu]帝[di] fans! 鸡[chi]年[nian]大[da]吉[chi]!
Q: Ok that’s great. As you say, last year was the most successful year in your football career. What do you think that makes you so outstanding in 2016?
A: As I said before, it was the best year in my career. We won important trophies. We won the Euro Cup for Portugal. We won the Club World Cup for Real Madrid. In terms of individual, I played good. So it was an amazing year and I’m so happy. I won important trophies, the FIFA Award, the Ballon d’Or.... Unbelievable year. I’m so glad.
Q: After such a successful year when you almost win everything you can, how will you motivate yourself to keep working, to replicate such success in the future?
A: Well, it’s hard when you win everything. It’s not easy, you have to work hard and you have to prepare every time to play good. So, this year, the challenge will be the same. I will try my best. I will train hard and play good and try to score important goals and help my team, to achieve victories. I know it’s hard to compare seasons to 2016. Now in 2017, we will be different. I hope to win again, the Champions League, the League and the Cup. We have an important game tomorrow. We should win more than two goals. We’re going to try. This year, we will try to be the same as last year.
Q: You’ve mentioned your teammates, but here I want to figure one out, Pepe. He is the man who has been fighting with you on all the frontlines and you two have known each other for many years. He must be someone different. What does he mean to you?
A: Pepe is a fantastic friend, like Coentrao. They’re both Portuguese. Especially Pepe, because he played with me for so many years. We played the Euro Cup together. Fabio is the same, but he didn’t play the Euro Cup. They are fantastic guys, they’re good friends and we played many years together so the relationship is great. I hope to continue to play with them for many years.
Q: You’re always keeping yourself at such a high level. How do you manage to do that?
A: Well, to be myself. Train hard, be focus in my job, in the training, in the games and do the basic things which is for me the most important. Small details make huge difference, this is what I think,
Q: Is there any change in your attitude from your early days in Lisbon to now? Have you always believed that you would become the best in the world?
A: Yeah, in my mind, yes. In my job, I try to be the best. I think everyone should think like that. In your work you should think you’re the best. This is what I try to do every time, to challenge myself, to show myself and my family that I’m a good player and do the right things, to be in a high level all the time. This is what I’m trying to do every year. It’s a challenge, it’s difficult, but if you try hard, everything is possible.
Q: You’re about to be 32 years old and many haters, as we speak, keep saying you’re going to decline. Does this give extra pressure or motivation to you?
A: No, I just don’t care about that. I just try to do my job and to be myself. Haters? Everyone has haters. Not only me, you have haters for sure. But it’s part of the business so I just go to the bed every time in a good mood. I sleep good every night. I’m not here to make my haters happy. I’m here to make my fans happy because they are loyalty to me. They are the real fans and they show me respect and love all the time. For me, this is the most important. 
Q: Making me remember the famous quote of you: ‘Your love makes me strong. Your hate makes me unstoppable.’
A: Yes~
Q: 2016 has not only been a successful year for you, but also for your club Real Madrid. After Zidane took over, the whole team’s performance has been totally different from before. You won the Champions League and you created the 40 games unbeaten record. What impact do you think Zidane have on the squad?
A: After Zidane arrived in Real Madrid, all the players had a lot of respect for him, as a player. And as a coach, I think it’s still the same. He shows his passion for football and we take his experience as a player. So I think, when Zizou arrived, he changed everything. He is a very professional person, a very calm coach. This is what we need at that period. Zidane changed everything. This is why we had 40 games without lost. It’s great, we are happy. Of course, big responsibility was on Zidane because he changed the mentality of the team and we started to win when he arrived.
Q: You’re now 2 points ahead of your biggest rival Barcelona in LaLiga while you still have a game in hand. In the Champions League you also performed well. Do you think that Real Madrid can win a double, even treble this season?
A: I think everything is possible. We work hard all year to win great things, trophies. I hope so! If you win the three titles, maybe we will be... I don’t know. I don’t ever think about that right now but it’s possible. Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world so everything is possible. We’re going to work hard to achieve the trophies.
Q: Let’s talk about the Euro Cup. You have won many champions with Real Madrid, but last summer you lift the first major trophy with your homeland Portugal. What’s the difference between these two?
A: It’s a huge difference. Of course when we won the Champions League for Real Madrid, it was a huge impact because Champions League is the most important trophy for clubs. But when you win something for Portugal, your national team, your colleague, your country, it’s completely different. And it was the first time for Portugal, so as you imagine, it’s a dream coming true. And not just for the players, but for the whole country, it’s something that the Portuguese needed at that moment. So, it was probably the most important moment in my career when we won with Portugal national team for the first time.
Q: After you drew your first game against Iceland, people immediately wrote of your chances of winning the competition. Bur in the end you did win it, so my point is: which feeling is sweeter, proving the doubters wrong or proving yourself the best in the world? 
A: We proved many things during the tournament. I remembered in the beginning, everyone criticized Portugal and they say it’s an average team. After the first game when we drew, everyone said Portugal was not going to have chance. After we played the quarter-final and semi-final, people ever didn’t think Portugal will win the Euro Cup. This is telling me that in football, in a tournament, in a competition, nothing is a sprint. Everything is a marathon because it’s a long journey. And we surprised everyone. Nobody was speaking about Portugal in the first, second or third round. We surprised the world and won the competition. We are glad and happy. It was the most important moment for Portugal.
Q: During the final against France, you were injured early and substituted off... What did you feel at that moment? 
A: At the beginning, of course I felt disappointed. It’s the final you expect and yet you had big injuries in the beginning of the game. I tried to play again but I felt my knee started swelling. It was very hard for me and I felt very disappointed, very sad and they took me off. But I wasn’t sad in the dressing room, praying and taking positive that my teammates will do the job. And they did. They played unbelievably. The players did a fantastic job, and our coach did a fantastic job, fantastic strategy. We deserved to win because we created chances and we scored.
Q: How do you think of this great victory after you won the competition?
A: We felt of course it was the highest point for Portugal national team. We felt that we made history. Everyone is happy, the coach, the stuff, the national, all the people in Portugal. As you imagine, the first time to see Portugal win such an important trophy, it’s unbelievable. This is what we felt after the referee finished the game.
Q: Do you think Portugal can be a strong contender for the World Cup in 2018?
A: Oof! We won the Euro Cup, so now to think about World Cup... It’s possible of course, everything is possible in football. But let’s put our feet on the ground and we should qualify first. Because we are in the group and everything is possible. We are now in the second place so we should make it to the first place. And after, we should think about if we go to World Cup. I hope so. But it’s very difficult, you know. But we should think positively, we should working on the qualification and after, we should think about World Cup but we have time to do that.
Q: You and Messi, we all know that you’re the greatest players in the world. You guys have been competing with each other for many years and made a lot of great achievements. How do you think this rivalry relationship between you and him? Has it been good for both of you?
A: I think so. He tries to do his best for his team, I try to do my best for my team. The word ‘Rival’ just means he plays for a club and I play for another club. But when we are together, we just respect each other. I have a good and normal relationship with him and that’s it. People compare every time but it’s normal. They compare kids when we were born in the school, who is faster, who is smarter... It’s normal. It’s part of the business. Cristiano is Cristiano, Messi is Messi. We are both great players, the title speaks for itself, the individual and the collectives... I don’t like the comparation. For me, this word doesn’t exist because we are different. We are just doing our job and that’s it.
Q: You’ve once said that you’re going to play until 40 or 41 years old....
A: Yeah, when I signed the new deal for Real Madrid, I’ve said that won’t be my last contract in Real Madrid because I want to play until 41. I spoke seriously but in the same time I’m joking, because you know in football you can guarantee nothing. You have to speak by the moment. If I feel good, if I feel in good condition, if I don’t have injuries, I hope so, and if I will be motivated, I will continue playing until 35, 36, 37, 41, 45... I don’t know. It all depends on your mind and I hope every year I feel motivated to play football because this is my passion and what I love to do.
Q: So what after? Will you continue your football career as a manager?
A: I don’t think so. I don’t know the future, but if you ask me right now, I will say no. But as you know, our mind is changing every second so I don’t know if I will be thinking the same as now in the future. Right now, I just focus to be a football player. But in the future, I don’t know.
Q: Your son is very popular in China and we really love him very much. We call him ‘Mini Ronaldo’ in Chinese. In your personal movie, we can also see some sweet moments between you and him. How does becoming a father change you?
A: It changes everything. As you know, I said in the movie, my dream is always to be a father, a young father. I had Cristiano when I’m 25 and he’s the best thing I have in my life. Family is the best thing we have in the life. As for Cristiano now, I see him like me. He do stuffs like me, he wants to play football like his daddy. So I will like the comparation between me and my son, not with other people because he belongs to me. It’s great. I always say I want to have a big family because I think that’s the most interesting thing and the most beautiful thing we have in the life.
Source: All Football 

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