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I do not miss Spain: Ronaldo

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and star has said that he did not regret leaving Spain, where he played for nine years as a Real forward.

The 34-year-old left the powerhouse in July to join giant

This season has been quite good so far for the striker, he has scored a total of 21 goals across all competitions.

"I do not find it difficult to adapt to a different country or culture. I do not miss or Portugal, things are as they are. Obviously, I left many friends and a great club, but I do not miss the country itself," told Dazn TV.

"I have always lived away from home since I was 11. I have no problems adapting to another country. I went to England (to play for Manchester United) when I was 18, to when I was 25 and to when I was 33," he added.

needs to give his best performance later Tuesday as he is set to lead his side in a comeback effort against Spain's Atletico after losing to the Spanish side 2-0 in their round of 16 first leg encounter on February 20 at Atletico's home pitch, Wanda Metropolitano stadium, reports news.

"It will be a difficult game. Atletico has played in two finals in recent years. We know it will be difficult but if we play well then we will advance," he stated.

won the Seria A and Coppa Italia in the past four consecutive years, however, the squad lost two CL finals against the two powerhouses of (2014-2015) and Real Madrid (2016-2017).

It comes after a regional handed Ronaldo a 23-month prison sentence and ordered him to pay an 18.8 million euro ($21.2 million) fine for tax evasion on Jan. 22.

The world-renowned player will not spend time behind bars, as prison sentences of less than two years are not normally served in

Ronaldo's sentencing came after he reached a deal with the Spanish prosecution in which he admitted having committed four tax crimes between 2011 and 2014 and then was ordered to appear in person at the regional to hear his sentencing.

Prosecutors had initially estimated that Ronaldo had defrauded some 14.7 million euros, although they reduced the figure to 5.7 million euros after the superstar took the plea deal.



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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 09:14 IST