Here are the best excerpts from Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview!
On Serie A’s toughest defenders:
“I don’t only like the food, I like the Italian culture.”
On the Champions League:
“It is the best competition in the world, apart from the World Cup and the Euros. I love it. I like all of them but the Champions League is so special.”
“I won the prize for best player in the league. I don’t know about next year. It’s nice, there are many good players. It was a great honour. I hope to win it again next year.
“I like everything about Juve, they have a good culture. It’s the best club in Italy. It has an extraordinary history, I’m happy to be here, and I want to win many trophies with Juve.”
On prolonging his career:
“At 18 you only think about having fun, you don’t have responsibilities. Now you have to give great performances and win titles. I still feel good, happy, motivated. I want to play for many more years.”
“Me coaching? I don’t think so. Right now I’ll say no, I don’t see myself as a coach.
“But never say never. I would be a motivator – you have to do the best for the team.”
On Euro 2016:
“It was the most important trophy of my career.
“I laughed, cried, laughed, cried, I was a coach, I got drunk after the game. I had a glass of champagne and was a little bit tipsy. That day was special.”
On that overhead kick and Buffon:
“The goal away against Juventus is the best I have ever scored. A standing ovation from the stadium? Special.
“It was the quarter-finals, Buffon, a beautiful stadium, a great team. A very special night.
“When I spoke to Buffon, I thought I was with a good person. After the goal he just said congratulations. I remember it very well. He is always ready to help others, a beautiful person.
On enjoying football:
“I still enjoy it, it’s what I like to do.
“If you don’t enjoy yourself and love what you do, it’s hard. Of course there are ups and downs but I consider myself a happy person.”