Cristiano Ronaldo denies money motivation

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Cristiano Ronaldo has denied accusations that his recent unhappiness is designed to get a more lucrative Real Madrid contract.

The 27-year-old forward refused to celebrate either of his goals at the weekend, and revealed to reporters afterwards that he's unhappy with life at the Bernabeu.

That led to suggestions that Ronaldo's declaration was simply manufactured to put pressure on Madrid to offer him a new contract.

The Portuguese star's current deal - which includes a £100m buyout - is worth around £10m a year and still has three years to run.

But Ronaldo has since taken to his official Facebook page to refute the allegations, insisting that his sadness is not motivated by money.

He wrote: "I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case.

"At this point, I just want to guarantee to 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."

Other theories have been advanced as possible explanations for Ronaldo's sudden revelation, including Andres Iniesta beating him to the recent UEFA Best Player in Europe award, or a possible lack of support from Real Madrid for his World Player of the Year bid.

Ronaldo has enjoyed a fantastic three years since his £80m move from Manchester United, scoring more than 150 goals at a rate better than a goal a game.

Last season only Lionel Messi posted more impressive statistics, Ronaldo managing to score 46 goals in 38 La Liga games, on the way to Real Madrid's first league title since 2008.

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