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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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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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