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The Portuguese international has made a bizarre comparison between having a new club and a new love...

Real Madrid’s flying winger Cristiano Ronaldo has likened his summer transfer to the Bernabeu from Manchester United to ‘having a new girlfriend.’

In an interview with Portuguese publication A Bola, the 24-year old was discussing his nation’s upcoming play-off clash to qualify for World Cup 2010, and also assessed his feelings four months after joining Los Blancos.

On joining the Spanish giants, Ronaldo remarked, “When you have a new girlfriend, you have motivation to show her what you can do, and the amount that you want to please is higher.

“I feel good, and very motivated, when I am playing for Real Madrid.”

The World record signing has been out of action for the past few weeks after sustaining an ankle injury, and his participation in Portugal’s match with Bosnia next weekend has sparked a club versus country row, with national boss Carlos Quieroz desperate to include Ronaldo in his squad for the match.

The player chose not to comment on his injury, instead focusing on Portugal’s chances of participating in next summer’s tournament in South Africa, and also on the joint bid with Spain to host the 2018 tournament.

“I would not imagine a World Cup without our presence. We will be there. For Spain and Portugal to host in 2018 would be a great idea, because the two countries have good relations.”

Paul Macdonald, Goal.com

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