Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken of his desire to win the World Cup with Portugal this summer and says he has grown as a player and as a human.
Ronaldo has won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and the Champions League with Manchester United as well as one La Liga and two Copa del Rey’s since moving to Real Madrid, but no silverware with his national team.
After firing Portugal to the Brazil World Cup with four goals in the play-offs against Sweden, the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner is determined to help his country become world champions for the first time.
"That would crown a great career," Ronaldo told French magazine So Foot Junior.
"I know it will be difficult, but everything is possible with work."
The Portuguese believes the difference between good and great players is found in hard work and small details, and says putting himself under pressure is raising his game.
"I have always watched the players who performed the best, and by observing them I understood one thing - what makes the difference between good players and stars is their work," he continued.
"I have played with footballers who had incredible talent, and it's difficult to say if they were better than me, but where they fell down was in consistency.
"Many players are good for five, 10 or 15 games, but you must play well for 60 games a season.
"The difference between good players and the best player in the world can be in these details. To sleep well, to rest well, to eat well.
"I will never change. I put pressure on myself. If I did not do that, I would not be as good a player.
"I always want to score, to win, to be the best.”
At 29, Ronaldo is at the climax of his career and feels he has learned from incidents that led some to take a negative view of him earlier in his career.
"I have made many mistakes, but I am happy to have done that, because I have become better - as a player and as a human being,” he added.
“I am calmer now, less impulsive. I make better decisions on the pitch.”
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