Ronaldo happy with first year
Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is satisfied with his first season at Real Madrid even though it looks destined to end trophyless.
The 25-year-old has scored 26 goals in 28 Primera Division games since moving to the Bernabeu from Manchester United for a world-record £80million last summer.
Madrid head into this weekend's final round of fixtures a point behind Barcelona. Manuel Pellegrini's side must win at Malaga and hope Barca fail to beat Real Valladolid at the Nou Camp if they are to pip their rivals to the title.
Regardless of the outcome this weekend, though, Ronaldo is content with how things are progressing in the Spanish capital.
"I really enjoyed the season that I've done, but what's missing is winning a title," he said. "I'm very happy here in Madrid and my team-mates have helped me a lot, but the team has not won anything. We have to keep fighting and I am confident we will win many titles (in future)."
Of this term's finale, he added: "It's hard to win the league, but in football anything can happen. Mathematically it is possible. We have to win in Malaga and see what happens in Barcelona. We must have hope."
Ronaldo considers the UEFA Champions League exit - at the last-16 stage to Lyon in March - the biggest disappointment of his first 12 months in Spain.
"It was very bad, very difficult, but the circumstances must be taken into account," he said. "We have new players, a team under construction, a different coach and we know that success does not come straight away - you have to slide a bit. I remember in my first two years at Manchester we did not win anything and we went on to win the Champions League."
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has not had to deal with a bitter elimination from the Champions League, of course, and will lead his troops into the final against Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu on May 22.
The former Porto and Chelsea manager has been heavily linked with a summer move to Madrid, particularly after dumping defending champions Barca out in the semi-finals of the competition.
Ronaldo is impressed by Mourinho's coaching record but remains behind current boss Pellegrini.
"The successes speak for themselves," he said of his fellow Portuguese. "A person earning titles is a good person. Success does not come just like that. At the moment, Pellegrini fits more with me."
As for his own future, Ronaldo appears settled where he is but refused to categorically rule out a move when quizzed about the possibility of joining arch rivals Barca.
"Madrid is my home and Real Madrid my club, but you cannot say never," he said. "I do not know what will happen in the future. You never know, although I would like to retire in Madrid."