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Ronaldo says money not the reason he's still sad

Associated Press Modified: September 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm •  Published: September 4, 2012

MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is still "feeling sad" at Real Madrid but denies it's because of money as he committed himself to the Spanish club on Tuesday.

Ronaldo revealed his feelings after scoring twice in a 3-0 victory against Granada in the Spanish league on Sunday, saying professional reasons had made him unhappy at Madrid without revealing them.

"That I am feeling sad and have expressed this sadness has created a huge stir. I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case," Ronaldo said in a statement.

"At this point, I just want to guarantee to the Real Madrid fans that my motivation, dedication, commitment and desire to win all competitions will not be affected. I have too much respect for myself and for Real Madrid to ever give less to the club than all I am capable of."

Madrid has not responded to Ronaldo's comments.

The 27-year-old Portugal winger's statement comes after Spanish media has speculated whether his behavior has been part of a contract ploy, a problem with teammates or sour grapes after losing the UEFA award as Best Player in Europe to Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta on Friday.

Ronaldo's teammates were just as surprised to learn their star player was unhappy, causing speculation to grow about his future at Madrid.

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