Cristiano Ronaldo: Spanish league is the hardest in the world

The Portugal international winger, who struck 46 La Liga goals in the 2011-12 season, rates last season's title success as the highlight of his Real Madrid career so far
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has labelled La Liga as the "hardest" domestic competition in the world, and admitted that he is still basking in the glory of finishing on top of the pile last season.

The Portugal international played a key role in his club's Primera Division title success, netting 46 times in total, and freely admits that ending Barcelona's run of three successive titles represents the highlight of his Blancos career to date.

"I think the best moment so far was winning La Liga," Ronaldo mused during an interview on Thai television. "Because I think the Spanish league is the hardest in the world.

"It has great teams like Barcelona and to finish nine points ahead of them... that says a lot."

Ronaldo, who is currently holidaying in Thailand with his girlfriend Irina Shayk, was then quizzed again about Portugal's penalty shoot-out defeat by Spain in the semi-finals of Euro 2012.

The former Manchester United man was entrusted with the responsibility of the Seleccao's fifth penalty-kick but he never got to take his turn, with La Roja clinching a 4-2 victory from the spot thanks to Cesc Fabregas' winning effort.

There was great debate over whether Ronaldo should have been used further up the order by Portugal boss Paulo Bento, but he still feels that it was much ado about nothing.

"They are just decisions," he mused. "I remember when I played the [Champions League] semi-final against Bayern Munich, I went first and missed the penalty.

"So, anything can happen; penalties are a lottery."

Ronaldo is currently on an extended break after his exploits in Poland and Ukraine and is not expected to link up with Madrid until they embark on their pre-season tour of the United States later in July.