Ronaldo - Manchester life hard

But United ace has no plans to move on

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he finds life in Manchester hard, but insists he has no plans to leave Old Trafford.

The Portugal international has been in stunning form this season, scoring 38 goals to help United reach the UEFA Champions League final and remain on course to retain their Premier League crown.

That has led to inevitable speculation over his future, with Real Madrid long-time admirers of the prodigiously talented winger.

But Madeira-born Ronaldo has grown accustomed to the Manchester climate and plans to continue to flourish in the North West.

Great club

He said: "It is hard to live in Manchester. But it is a great club, I am very happy here.

"I want to play here for many more seasons and get even better.

"The weather might not be great but I'm used to it, it's a great club and that's what's most important."

And Ronaldo now has his sights set on securing a dream Double for United this season, with Chelsea their opponents in Moscow on 21st of May and their only remaining rivals in the Premier League title race.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side secured their place in the final with a 1-0 aggregate victory over Barcelona, while the Blues saw off Liverpool on Wednesday night.


"We're in this competition to win it, as much as the league," Ronaldo said. "We took our opportunity and now we're in the final of the Champions League.

"Nothing could be better.

"We might have been able to play better but we won, we always win and now we have to do the same in the final and in the championship.

"Manchester always plays to win, the players want to win something this season and we have a great opportunity to win the Premier League and the Champions League.

"Now, we need to relax a little bit and do some good work and try to win."

Ronaldo is hotly tipped to claim the Fifa World Player of the Year award after finishing third last time out, but believes his team-mates deserve much of the credit for his success.

Good men

He added: "How have I become the best player in the world? Let's just take it season by season!

"It's because I've always been good, always worked a lot and tried to improve every day.

"Here I have good men, good players behind me who have helped me score a lot of goals. I've learned English. And also I've been lucky.

"It's normal that when you get a lot of goals you get a lot of headlines but all the players are involved in that and we all want to do what's best for the club and we do our best to make sure that happens.

"As much as I work for the goals, so does (Wayne) Rooney, so does (Carlos) Tevez, so does Anderson."