Ronaldo: "I Miss Crumble & Custard!"
Hi, Cristiano. You’re the cover star of Pro Evolution Soccer 2013. what’s it like seeing yourself in a game?
It’s not that strange. They are very good at getting the likeness right these days, but I still think I’m a little bit prettier in real life! I’m joking! This game is especially realistic; it’s the best likeness I’ve seen so far.
Do you get to play games much?
When I have the opportunity with my teammates I like to play. I’m OK, but I wouldn’t say I’m brilliant. I always play as Real Madrid; it’s my team and I know all the players and their styles.
It’s been three years since you last played in England – do you miss our fish and chips?
Ha ha! I don’t really like fish and chips, to be honest with you. But when I was at Manchester United they always used to serve desserts with custard. I especially miss the apple crumble and custard they served at Carrington after training. It was amazing.
Do you also miss sir Alex Ferguson?
I speak with him sometimes and of course I miss Manchester. It felt like I left a family back there because I spent six years with all those guys and I still have a very good relationship with Ferguson and the rest of the lads. I still speak with Rio, Nani, Anderson, Evra. I still see them as a big family, so of course I miss them.
What do you miss most about the lovely Sir Alex?
Ha! I miss his good moods all the time (winks). Always happy (winks again). Ha ha! He always had a good energy around the players and the team, and I miss that.
You’re following David Beckham around in your career, even his shirt number. Do you compare yourself to him or would you say you’re much better?
I don’t like to be compared to anyone. I have my own style, my own personality. When I joined Manchester United David had just left and the same thing happened here in Madrid. I’ve never had the opportunity to play with him but every player I’ve spoken to that has played with him says he’s fantastic and a great lad. But I still don’t like being compared to him.
Your recent backheel goal was unbelievable, but what would you say has been your favourite goal so far?
It is very difficult to pick out just one goal, as I enjoy every goal a lot. That backheel [against Rayo Vallecano] was technically difficult but very fun to score at the same time. I’d say it’s probably my favourite of this season but it’s hard to pick my favourite of all time.
There are a lot to choose from; you average more than a goal a game in Spain. Is that because Spanish football is easy?
Ha ha! I don’t know about that. It’s not easier, that’s for sure. I’m enjoying my football so much at the moment and I think I’m much better now than when I was younger. It’s a tough question, but if you look around the world in the last few years, it’s always been Spanish teams winning the Champions League, the World Cup. There’s no question that La Liga and the Premier League are the two best leagues in the world right now.
You’re a stylish man, but do you ever have a bad hair day?
Yes, every day! My hair gets too curly sometimes and when it grows as fast as mine it gets difficult to control. I have a haircut every two weeks...
Every two weeks! So that’s the secret to your look…
Yes, go to the hairdressers every couple of weeks and make sure everything works together: the hair, the face, the teeth, the clothes. You also need good gels, good creams, good shampoo… I think that’s enough tips!
You have a lot of fans all over the world, but what is the funniest thing that a fan has shouted at you?
“Cristiano, will you marry me?” That’s probably the funniest one. But I have a good relationship with my fans and they are very loyal to me. I always check on Facebook and Twitter to see what they’re saying and I love the way they follow me wherever I go.
Did you find English fans are more negative than the Spanish?
Sometimes you hear things that you don’t like, but this is part of the game and all part of being successful and famous and I know how to deal with that. But it’s not just in England, it’s also here in Spain – it’s the same everywhere. They chant bad things about me and about my mum. Of course I’m not happy about it but I have to live with it.
You’ve had many high points in your career but what’s been the highlight so far?
When I won the Champions League with Manchester United is up there and probably when I won my first title here with Real Madrid. And when I won the best player in the world, the Golden Boot… these are all special moments for me.
Do you have any regrets?
Of course, I have many regrets. Not just on the pitch, either. But I always try and improve myself. When I do something good, I carry on doing that and when I make mistakes I try to change them. I never regret making mistakes because I like to learn from them on and off the pitch. Last season I scored 40 goals and now the fans expect me to score more. That’s a lot of pressure but I always try to improve on the last year.
Euro 2012 is just around the corner. what are your expectations for Portugal?
My expectations are high because it’s a great competition. We [Portugal] are in a very hard group and it will be tough to beat Germany and Holland but I think it will be possible for us to go forward.
Is winning the Golden Boot important to you?
To be honest, I don’t really think about that, I just want to enjoy my football. Like I said before, Portugal have an ambition to pass the group stages and of course, I want to do my best to score goals and to win something with Portugal. But to be a top scorer? I don’t really think about it.
Do you ever talk to Mesut Ozil about your game against Germany?
Of course! He knows it’s going to be tough for Portugal and for Germany, too. It’s football!
Finally, you recently took on Rafael Nadal at a game of tennis and won. Are you good at any other sports?
I think I’m good at a few sports – not fantastic, but I like to play tennis and table tennis. When I was young I played a lot of table tennis in Madeira where I grew up and I was very, very good.
Could you represent Portugal at the Olympics, then?
Why not? You never know!
Cristiano Ronaldo is the official face of Konami's PES 2013, due for release on all major formats in the autumn!