Cristiano Ronaldo: I’d swap Golden Shoe for La Liga title
Real Madrid forward insists his main goal is to win major trophies - not individual awards
Cristiano Ronaldo admits he would swap his European Golden Shoe award for a La Liga or Champions League title in a heartbeat.
The 26-year-old Portugal forward was presented with the prestigious award on Friday after netting a staggering 40 league goals for Real Madrid last season – more than any other player in any European top flight.
But Ronaldo chose to pay tribute to his team-mates in helping him reach the impressive figure last term – and insists collective success is much more important to him than any individual honours.
“I would trade this award right now for the Champions League or La Liga,” said Ronaldo, who has already netted 10 La Liga goals this season. “You can only win individual awards because the team help you.
“I would like to win something bigger at a collective level. I do not think about breaking records, but about Real Madrid.
“I think our team is more mature and with more trust, and we all have to think the same way to achieve an important goal.”
Ronaldo also moved to play down his rivalry with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who currently tops the Spanish goalscoring charts with 13 strikes to his name this season.
“I’m not worried about the competition I get from Messi,” he continued. “I like to play, people like to watch me play and I would not change anything.
“It is good to compete with the best. I like to compete with Messi and with all the best players in Europe, as a team, not as an individual player.”
The former Manchester United star added: “I am 26 years old, but I am still learning and I still have many years ahead.
“I am at a club who give me the possibility of winning things and my goal is to also be one of the best players of all time.”