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Ronaldo weighed down by pressure to perform WC miracle for Portugal

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Cape Town, May 30(ANI): Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that the pressure of leading his country's World Cup challenge in South Africa is weighing him down.

Ronaldo has found himself under public and media scrutiny since moving to Real Madrid last summer.

He also acknowledges that as the Portugal captain the world expects him to produce a wonder show in the tournament.

"Wearing the captain's armband is an honour and makes me proud. I don't mind if there are demands on me, but sometimes there is exaggeration, and it always falls back on me," News of The World quoted Ronaldo, as saying.

"I'm used to the pressure, but I admit that I feel more pressured with the national team than with Real Madrid. I always try to do my best and take the name of Portugal as far as possible."

"Nobody wins anything alone and a team can't be just one player. A team can't arrive with only three or four players in form, but must have at least six or seven," he added.

The 25-year-old further insists that he will do things his way, even if it creates controversy.

"I'm an entertainer, that's my job. Anyone who likes football likes me. I don't know why they boo me. Maybe it's because they see me as a dangerous opponent. I've got experience and know what I can't do," Ronaldo said.

"I can't react badly, although it's sometimes difficult to control myself. I don't mind if they boo me. It gives me more strength. Whatever they do, I have to help my team. I won't change the way I am and the way I play," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Sunday, May 30, 2010, 11:46 [IST]
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