Cristiano Ronaldo denies seeking pay rise at Real Madrid, but continues to keep reasons for 'sadness' a secret

 

Cristiano Ronaldo denied seeking an improved contract and declared his commitment to Real Madrid last night.

The Portuguese striker said on Sunday that he was "sad", a comment which followed a display in which he made a very public show of discontent, scoring two goals but refusing to celebrate either of them.

There was immediate speculation over what had caused Ronaldo to be upset, with suggestions that the world's most expensive player was unhappy at not also being the world's best paid player. But Ronaldo took to Twitter last night to insist this wasn't the case.

"That I am feeling sad and have expressed this sadness has created a huge stir," said the 27-year-old.

"I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case. At this point, I just want to guarantee to the Real Madrid fans that my motivation, dedication, commitment and desire to win all competitions will not be affected."

Ronaldo's statement will likely put an end to speculation that he is set to exit the Bernabeu, with reports yesterday that he could be the subject of bids from Manchester City, Chelsea, PSG and Manchester United. But the continued lack of an explanation as to the cause of this 'sadness' will ensure rumours continue to surround the striker. All the player has said is it relates to "professional issues".

There are claims that he is upset with his team-mates for the lack of support in his battle to be recognised as the best player on the planet. It has been claimed he is not talking to Marcelo, who after Euro 2012 said that Iker Casillas should win the Ballon d'Or at the end of the year and not Real Madrid's number seven.

Yet yesterday his Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa offered his support and claimed Ronaldo could count on the rest of the squad.

"If Cristiano is sad and needs the support of his team-mates, then of course he is going to get it. And if it is the support of the fans, I am sure they will give it," he said.

"In Real Madrid, we are a family. When one member is not as happy as he should be we help him. When things are not right we all help."

Ronaldo's relationship with Jose Mourinho is also understood to be harmonious, with the player seen asking his manager's permission before disappearing down the tunnel after Sunday's victory over Granada.

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