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The Real Madrid star is happy to shoulder the burden of spearheading both his club and international teams and is hoping to beat his 2013 goal tally next year

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he thrives under the pressure of being a leader for both club and country.

The 28-year-old has scored a total of 27 goals for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this term, and led Portugal to the World Cup with a brilliant hat-trick in the play-off tie with Sweden.

However, the former Manchester United man says he enjoys being a focal point for both of his teams.

“You have to be proud and focus on everything you do. Sometimes I like living with pressure,” he is quoted as saying by AS.

“It will not be easy to fulfil my goals, I know it will be tough, but I’ll try. If you don’t try, you don’t reach your goals.”

Ronaldo scored a total of 69 goals for club and country in 2013 but is determined to try to beat his tally next year.

“It’s always going to be tough and will to beat it as ever.”

Portugal have been handed a tough looking World Cup group alongside Germany, the USA and Ghana but Ronaldo believes his nation could be a surprise package.

“Portugal are not favourites and that gives us an advantage.”

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