Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ronaldo in Shock Threat to Quit Real

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ronaldo in Shock Threat to Quit Real

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Byline: IAN CHADBAND

RONALDO today caused a sensation on the eve of Real Madrid's clash with Arsenal by revealing he may quit the Spanish giants at the end of the season.

Just 24 hours before Madrid's fans are being asked to make Arsenal's life hell in the Bernabeu stadium, the Brazilian legend caused astonishment by launching an attack on those supporters, complaining they had never made him feel at home.

The 29-year-old threw Madrid's preparations for the last-16 European Cup epic into disarray by announcing out of the blue that he would consider the crowd's hostility towards him when deciding whether to stay.

His announcement will alert the top Premiership clubs. When asked if he would consider a move to England, Ronaldo, whose contract runs until 2008, responded: "It's one of the options I'll consider when I take a balance at the end of the summer."

The Brazilian received whistles from the crowd when he was substituted after a lethargic hour's display against Alaves on Saturday. …

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