Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted Real Madrid’s focus this season is the Champions League, after a “disappointing” start to La Liga.
Real find themselves a huge 19 points behind leaders Barcelona and Zinedine Zidane’s men crashed out of the Copa del Rey to Leganes on Wednesday night.
They are struggling for form and their title hopes have surely gone, but Ronaldo refused to give up on the domestic title, however he did reveal the Champions League was their top priority after successive triumphs in the last two years.
“If we can win the Champions League at the end of the year, it will be an incredible year,” Ronaldo told Chinese outlet Doonqiudi at Valdebebas via Marca, after he was voted their Footballer of the Year for the third year in a row.
“We haven’t started well in La Liga and we are disappointed, nobody is happy about that. But now we must work hard for the Champions League because it’s the most important trophy for us.
“It will be difficult in La Liga, but we can’t give up, even if we have dropped many points since the start of the season. We have to keep working.”
The 32-year-old also insisted personal honours are not what drives him on after he won the latest Ballon d’Or.
“I’m not obsessed with that because I didn’t even expect to win the five that I have won,” Ronaldo added.
“It is good, though, and between myself and [Lionel] Messi, we have shared the Ballon d’Or for the last 10 years.”
Ronaldo will lead Portugal to the World Cup in Russia this summer and he expects his side to put on another brave showing after their heroics at Euro 2016.
“Germany, Spain, Brazil, France and Argentina are going to be the favourites,” added Ronaldo.
“Despite the fact that Portugal won’t be included among the favourites, we always compete and will do so again.”