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Cristiano Ronaldo: I did not move to Real Madrid for money

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed suggestions that the reasoning behind his £80 million transfer to Real Madrid is motivated by money.

The Portuguese winger is reportedly set to become the world's highest-paid footballer with an annual salary of €13 million once he completes the move at the end of this month.

In addition, Ronaldo will also rake it in from image rights as his image rights will be shared with Real in a deal very similar to that given to David Beckham in 2003.

"Of course, I have not gone for the money," Ronaldo told News Of The World.

"What I want is to be the greatest player in the world. I know it will take lots of work, but that is my target.

"And it is clear that if you become the greatest at Madrid it means you are one of the greatest of all time."

However, the 24-year-old admits that, after the Champions League triumph over Chelsea a year ago, he had set his heart on joining Los Merengues.

"After we won the European Cup I thought there is no more I can achieve here," Ronaldo continued.

"And when you have done all you can, you know it is time for a new challenge.

"I stayed one more season and it was nice to make it three titles in a row, but it was my dream to play for Madrid."

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