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The Real Madrid forward implies that the Fifa president's apology had been ignored, believes that he is having his best season and speaks highly of local rivals Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has continued the spat with Sepp Blatter by laughing off the Fifa president's apology.

Blatter apologised on Twitter to the Portuguese star after comments that he made about him at an Oxford Union address in October, remarking that "one has more expenses at the hairdressers than the other" when asked about his preference between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

However, speaking at an awards ceremony, the 28-year-old implied that Blatter's apology had fallen on deaf ears.

When asked about an alleged phone call that the Fifa president had made to say sorry to the Madrid forward, he replied: "I don't have a telephone. My secretary forgot to tell me about it."

Ronaldo was crowned La Liga's best player of last season by Spanish newspaper Marca and he added: "The main thing is to enjoy this prize and the fact that Don Alfredo [Di Stefano] made the effort to be here to present it. I've watched his videos, he was a phenomenon."

The forward also praised city rivals Atletico Madrid for their impressive start to this season's campaign, with Diego Simeone's side joint-top with Barcelona of La Liga after 15 games.

"I'm not surprised by Atletico. I thought they looked strong last season," Ronaldo observed. "They're well organised, have a great coach, great players and a good keeper ... they're going to be fighting for the title and they are a strong candidate. But I'm convinced Madrid are going to win it."

The Portuguese international has been sidelined for Madrid's last two games but says that he will definitely play against Copenhagen in the Champions League on December 10 and feels that this could be his best year of his career to date.

"The injury's healed. I've been fine for a couple of days now. We decided not to push it against Valladolid but I'll play the next game for certain," he vowed. "I'm in good form right now - this might be my best ever start to a season - but recent years have all been good too. The formula for success is to work hard."

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