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Cristiano Ronaldo opens up about Real Madrid’s obsession with UCL: “Engraved in my memory”

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During an interaction on the YouTube channel of LiveScore, former Real Madrid superstar and club legend reflected on his time at the Santiago Bernabeu and the success he achieved during his stint, especially in the UEFA Champions League.

Ronaldo arrived at Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 in a record deal. He had to wait for a considerable time for his first European trophy with the Merengues, which came in the form of La Decima in the 2013/14 season under Carlo Ancelotti.

And during his chat, the 37-year-old, who recently signed for Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr, claimed that the La Decima triumph was the most special win for him and Real Madrid.

“At Real Madrid, they always think about the Champions League. We felt year after year, the pressure is getting higher and higher every time, but La Decima was the moment we won what we wanted. The most special win,” Ronaldo said.

La Decima with Real Madrid is a moment that will be engraved in my memory forever, I will never forget. When you sign for Real Madrid you feel that winning the Champions League is a kind of obsession, everyone there was obsessed with winning the 10th.”

After La Decima, Real Madrid would go on to win three more Champions League titles over the next four years, this time with Zinedine Zidane at the helm. Indeed, the Merengues lifted the coveted trophy in three consecutive seasons in 2015/16, 2016/17, and 2017/18.

Talking about the trophy haul, Ronaldo said: “We won four Champions League titles in five years. It’s… wow. But I believe we could have won more.”

However, the all-time leading goalscorer for the Merengues insisted that La Decima meant the most to him, saying: “The 10th was the most special. It was in my homeland. Every fan wanted it. We all wanted it. It is the moment I will always remember, winning the most prestigious with my club.”

Ronaldo spent nine years at Real Madrid, scoring 450 goals in 438 appearances. The icon left the club in 2018 to join Juventus, where he spent three years before returning to Manchester United in 2021.

The 37-year-old had a breakdown in his relationship with the Red Devils this season and left for Al Nassr. Prior to his move to Saudi Arabia this month, it is said that Ronaldo’s agents offered him to Real Madrid, but the club were uninterested in signing the legendary forward.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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