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I wish to visit Egypt one day: Real Madrid star Ronaldo

In a lengthy interview with Egyptian anchor Amr Adeeb, Cristiano Ronaldo talked about his plans for the future, alongside other issues

Omar Zaazou , Friday 30 Dec 2016
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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo during his interview with Egypt anchor Amr Adeeb (Photo: On TV official facebook page)
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Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to pay a visit to Egypt one day as he has never been at the North African country before, he said in a lengthy interview with Egyptian anchor Amr Adeeb.

Speaking from his homeland Lisbon, Ronaldo talked about his plans for the near future as he 'has only few years left on his football career' alongside other issues.

"I've never visited Egypt before, I can't promise of course, but I wish I'd be there one day," 2016 Player of the Year Ronaldo said.

"After I achieved so many things in football, my target now is to maintain my current level of performance during the few years left on my career.

"Becoming what I'm today isn't a result of one or two-year work, but a result of 10-12 years continuous effort."

Talking about money, Ronaldo – who has recently rejected a massive 300 million-euro move to China - asserted that it is not the most important thing for him, as being independent is what really matters.

"To me money is not the most important thing. I'm looking to money only as a means to become comfortable and independent after I finish football."

When asked about whether his fame causes him problems, the Real Madrid star did not seem particularly fazed by paparazzi chasing him as he has got used to such stuff now.

"I don't think I have a big problem with being a very famous person, now I know how to deal with the cameras and the paparazzi chasing me unlike when I was an 18-year-old footballer," he said.

"It's hard sometimes to be honest, especially when I take my son to school and find the paparazzi chasing me, but it's normal. It has become a part of my life.

"Regarding my son, I'm really concerned with giving him good education and good values to help him grow in the right way.

"I hope he becomes a footballer in the future, a striker and not a goalkeeper. I would be pushing him a little in that direction, but in the end it's completely his own decision to become whatever he wants."

When Ronaldo was asked about the position he takes before shooting free kicks, and whether there was a particular reason for him to stand in such a manner, he replied that it's just a way for him to get focused.

"I just try to be focused. It's also my style of playing; I don't imitate anyone, it's just my style."

The China move that Ronaldo rejected would have seen the 31-year-old star earn 100 million euros a year, according to his agent.

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