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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo coy on future after matching record

Cristiano Ronaldo was involved in an angry exchange with journalists after equalling the all-time goalscoring record at Real Madrid, and gave mixed-messages over his future saying: "Nobody knows what will happen next year."

Ronaldo's brace in the 2-0 win over Malmo on Wednesday saw him match former Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez's record tally of 323 goals for the club after just 308 games.

Real Madrid have announced they will fete his accomplishment on Friday with a ceremony at the Bernabeu.

The 30-year-old's future at the Bernabeu has been the subject of speculation, though, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United credited with an interest.

Ronaldo is reported to have been unhappy with the fact that Rafa Benitez was brought in to replace Carlo Ancelotti as Madrid boss over the summer as well as having concerns the treatment of teammates Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.

Asked in the mixed zone after Wednesday's game if he was happy in Madrid and whether he had any issues with the club over the summer, he told newspapers including AS: "My future is at Madrid. I am good here.

"I want to win things here and I feel good, but I have said millions of times that nobody can tell what will happen in the future. We will see what happens.

"I have a good relationship with everyone -- the president, coaches, workers... The relationships are good because I am a professional."

He added: "Nobody knows what will happen next year. I want to win things at Madrid as I think that this club has the potential to win things, but I do not know the future."

The Portugal forward has made a point of refusing to talk to the Madrid media in recent months, and he was asked whether someone had shown him disrespect, saying: "That is my decision. I speak when I want and the club has not pressured me.

"This is not the moment to speak about [whether someone has shown me disrespect]. When someone does not talk, it is because something is not going well. Everyone is free to think what they like."

Ronaldo revealed the reasons for his frustration with the media when asked about the recent controversy involving Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, whom he played alongside during his time at United.

Pique has recently been whistled by Spain supporters following comments he made on Catalan independence as well as a joke about Ronaldo's 30th birthday party last season, when Real players faced criticism for enjoying a party the night after a 4-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Asked about Pique, Ronaldo responded: "Are you intelligent? Do you know why I did not speak? To do your job you must be intelligent. I do not speak more often because the questions are not good ones.

"You are talking about something that happened five months ago. Why not talk about good things the team does. Why try and get me into a problem with Pique. What do I care about that?"

Ronaldo left the mixed zone on Wednesday after being asked which record he would be looking to break next.

"Are there more?" he said.

ESPN FC's Spain correspondent, Dermot Corrigan, contributed to this report.


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