Cristiano Ronaldo keeps faith after Classico defeat

08:39, April 12, 2010      

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Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo preferred to look to the future following his side's 2-0 home defeat to FC Barcelona on Saturday night.

Ronaldo came off worse in his head to head with Barcelona' s Leo Messi as Messi scored Barcelona's opening goal of the night, his 27th league goal of the campaign. Ronaldo on the other hand was guilty of being too individual with his play and the most expensive player in the World now looks as if he will end his season without any trophies.

Barcelona is now favorite to win the League title, while Madrid now needs its rival to drop four points to have a chance of fighting back in the domestic competition.

"It' s not a failure to lose against Barcelona. I don't think it is that much better a team than we are," said Ronaldo on the Real Madrid website on Sunday morning, unwilling to admit his rivals' superiority for almost the entire 90 minutes.

"It was a great battle, a very even game that was decided by small details, although we are to blame. As I said, when they took the lead it was very difficult for us. I don't like to lose and neither do my companions," he insisted.

The striker also refused to acknowledge Messi's dominance on the pitch. "He is in great form at the moment, but we will have to wait until the end of the season," said Ronaldo.

"Barca was more efficient that we were. The team that scores first wins and that is what happened. It was our fault, but you can't mourn more than is necessary. Now we have to lift our heads up and carry on fighting for the league. We have seven games left and we are professionals, everything is possible and we have to believe we can still win the title," he insisted.



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