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Sunday 4 December 2016

Ronaldo drops hint over leaving Real

Cristiano Ronaldo has not ruled out leaving Real Madrid one day, saying his future is still undecided
Cristiano Ronaldo has not ruled out leaving Real Madrid one day, saying his future is still undecided

Cristiano Ronaldo has not ruled out leaving Real Madrid one day, saying his future is still undecided.

The 30-year-old has been regularly linked with moves away from the Spanish giants, with his former club Manchester United often touted as a possible destination as is Major League Soccer.

Ronaldo, whose contract with Real Madrid expires in 2018, has not yet decided what path his career will take next, but is not offering any guarantees about finishing his playing days at the Santiago Bernabeu.

When asked if he could imagine leaving Los Blancos, Ronaldo replied: "Why not? I'm a Real Madrid player at the moment, but you can never know," he said ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with Paris St Germain.

"You've got to do what makes you happy. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow.

"All I can say is that I will always give my best for my club and for Portugal." That best may be enough to earn him a third successive Ballon d'Or in January, although Lionel Messi is currently regarded by many as the favourite to clinch that crown, having impressed in Barcelona's treble-winning season.

However, Ronaldo has no doubts who he thinks is the leading player in the world.

"Perhaps for you the best (is) Messi, another may think it's (Andres) Iniesta. I respect that, but for me I'm the best," Madrid's record goalscorer said.

Meanwhile, PSG have no intention of letting Real Madrid dictate play tonight when they meet in a potentially decisive Group A game at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Both teams - unbeaten this season - played out a 0-0 draw at the Parc des Princes last time, leaving them with seven points from three matches, and Tuesday's winner will be highly likely to top a group also featuring Shakthar Donetsk and Malmo.

"We respect our opponent but we are ambitious and have come here to impose our game. We have the technical and physical resources to get the win," manager Laurent Blanc said.

"They were better than us with possession and played faster in Paris. Tomorrow's match will be different. Real Madrid were well organised and showed a good defence in Paris. We didn't reach their level but our game was solid."

PSG welcome back centre back David Luiz but they will be without Argentine Javier Pastore, who was ruled out with conjunctivitis, and Marquinhos who has a thigh problem.

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