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PSG not interested in signing Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Sad man: Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy with life at Real Madrid.
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Paris St Germain have distanced themselves from the possibility of a move for Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The Portugal captain whipped up a media storm at the weekend when he suggested he was unhappy with life at the Spanish champions, and a who's who of Europe's big-hitters were quickly touted as possible suitors.

PSG were put alongside the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea as being interested in his signature, but sporting director Leonardo says his club are not looking to recruit the 27-year-old forward.

The former Brazil international also implied current forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a better player than Ronaldo, telling radio station RMC: "We're very happy with our transfer market dealings. Many things are said about PSG - too many, maybe.

"Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player. We don't talk about other teams' players - that's respect.

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"Ibrahimovic is the best striker in the world. So why hire Ronaldo? Zlatan is unique. When we talk about the best players, there is Ronaldo and Messi - but they are not strikers. The best striker, that's Zlatan."

Meanwhile, Ronaldo's Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa has promised to support the Portuguese striker.

Ronaldo refused to celebrate his two goals in a 3-0 victory over Granada on Sunday, and later admitted that he was feeling "sad" for "professional" reasons.

But Merengues defender Arbeloa says that the squad knew nothing about Ronaldo's troubles prior to his announcement.

Quoted in Marca, Arbeloa told reporters at the Spanish national team's base in Las Rozas: "He just needs more affection from everybody, I don't know, that's all we can give him.

"Everybody has the right to be sad, he's a person just like anyone else.

"He doesn't share the problems of most Spanish people but it's perfectly reasonable that he can be sad.

"When Cristiano says (that he's sad) then perhaps it makes more of an impression. We're all going to help him because he is our friend.

"I hope the fans haven't taken his words the wrong way. The media have great power and people are influenced by what they hear and read.

"He knows that he's with the best team and hopefully he'll stay here until he retires.

"And if the fans keep believing in him, he'll be remembered as a club icon. We will help him."

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