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    Cristiano Ronaldo interview: I cried after first arriving at Manchester United


    Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo does not believe he is deliberately targeted by opponents – despite his rough treatment at the hands of Newcastle’s Steven Taylor.

    Taylor poleaxed Ronaldo with a brutal challenge during Manchester United’s 2-1 win at St James’ Park on Wednesday and the pair had to be separated after clashing in the tunnel.

    But the midfielder, who according to statistics is officially the Premier League’s most fouled player, insisted the majority of his opponents do not set out with the intention of harming him. “On the pitch I’m a target for defenders, so it’s difficult to avoid certain things,” said Ronaldo.

    “But I don’t believe people just want to do something wrong on purpose. In my experience, the game is not carried out that way. I’ve never had any serious problems.

    “I do remember when a goalkeeper said that the only way to stop United is to target Ronaldo – I went on to score two past him.

    “But I don’t agree when people say that to stop United, you only need to stop Cristiano. I don’t like it when people say that.”

    He admits though, that he has had to toughen up since arriving in Manchester as a little-known

    18-year-old who was so homesick  he would cry every time he spoke with his family back in his native Madeira.

    He claims the heartache he suffered when he moved to England proved the making of him and armed him with the necessary mental strength to become European and World Player of the Year.

    “They were the worst moments of my career, when I left my family,” said Ronaldo. “It was a very very difficult part of my life because I’d always had a lot of back-up from my mother, father and my family.

    “To go to a different place, different football, different country was very complicated. We cried every week but, in that respect, I grew a lot as a person and as a player, and that was very important to me.

    “For young players the conditions are difficult. They have to work hard and fight for what they want to be in the future. In any other profession, it’s the same. You cannot stop believing in yourself.

    “I started to play in Madeira in the street. The kids there still love to play football and all would love to be professional footballers one day. What they have to do is believe in themselves. If someone catches the opportunities, they will have a great life.”

    Ronaldo now has a huge support network around him in Manchester. His mother Dolores is a frequent visitor to his Cheshire home, while his brother Hugo and sisters Elma and Liliana spend large chunks of the year living with him.

    But United’s star man admitted he found it hard to adjust to his life as one of the most famous and recognisable players on the planet, yet conceded a lack of privacy was the price to pay for being such a successful and high-profile figure.