Cristiano Ronaldo Explains "Sadness"

Cristiano Ronaldo insisted last night he is not "greedy" and his comment that he is sad at Real Madrid is not a ploy to get more money out of the club, despite asking for £500,000 a week.

It was reported that the Real Madrid star wants a new deal worth £25million a year to counter a huge tax hike due in 2014.

The 27-year-old forward helped Madrid to a 3-0 win over Granada on Sunday with his brace, but did not celebrate.

It sparked a global media storm when he confessed to being "sad" at Real Madrid.

Ronaldo took to his Facebook page and Twitter to deny financial motives for his misery.

"That I am feeling sad and have expressed this sadness has created a huge stir," the Portuguese star said.

"I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case."

The key Real Madrid player guaranteed his fans saying that his "motivation, dedication, commitment and desire to win all competitions" would not be a problem.

"I have too much respect for myself and for Real Madrid to ever give less to the club than all I am capable of. Abrazos (hugs) to all madridistas," he said.

The "sad" statement of Ronaldo opens the door for English champion Manchester City.

City is planning a sensational £95 million bid to sign the former Manchester United star back to the Premier League.

Ronaldo's teammates weighed in with messages of support.

As he arrived for training in the Spanish capital with the national team on Tuesday, Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa said, "If Cristiano is sad and needs the support of his teammates then of course he is going to get it. And if it is the support of the fans, I am sure they will give it.

"In Real Madrid we are a family. When one member is not as happy as he should be we help him," Arbeloa added. "When things are not right we all help."

Many papers accused Ronaldo of trying to leverage more money out of Real Madrid.

Spain's top selling sports paper Marca clearly said, "Salary is one of the reasons for the Madrid player's annoyance".

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