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Cristiano Ronaldo insists he's not a galactico ahead of UCL final

Ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo has come out and said he does not believe he is a galactico.

Ronaldo, 32, is trying to help his team to a historic second Champions League trophy in a row and a third in four years, but maintains his scoring prowess is more down to natural ability and instinct.

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"I'm not a typical player who likes to look at videos because I think that things come naturally. Obviously it's important to know one or two points but not to obsess," said Ronaldo, who has 40 goals in all competitions for his team during the 2016-17 campaign.

"For example, in penalties, thinking about which side you shoot more towards: When you're there, a lot of things go through your head and it's one moment to decide. It's instinct. And that's why I don't really like to plan what I'm going to do.

"A penalty in the final? It's not fear. I like to take risks. It's a calculated risk, not life or death. I can score or miss.

"But I'm not going to miss. You have to think positively. That's the difference between good players, very good players and galacticos.

"I don't consider myself a galactico. But I consider myself a player who has created history in Manchester, Madrid and with the national team."

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Cristiano Ronaldo has thrived under manager Zinedine Zidane and credits him for his success with Real Madrid.

The Portugal international also credited his manager Zinedine Zidane for playing to his strengths this term and allowing him to pick which position he will occupy on the pitch, while insisting he is not an out-and-out striker either.

"Obviously what I want the most is to play more freely up front," Ronaldo said. "That is the opportunity Zinedine Zidane has been giving me as a No. 9. I play freely. I play on the wing, down the middle. I play whenever I think I should.

"People think I'm a striker. I'm never going to be a striker. I've scored nearly 600 goals playing in the position I do," he told La Sexta.

"It depends on the tactics the coach uses. I like to play with more freedom; when we play 4-4-2 I like it more. But that's not to say I don't like to play in a 4-3-3 because I do other movements and take up different positions.

"Of course I like to play more freely because it's a position in which I also play for Portugal, but obviously I also like the 4-3-3."

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.


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