Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has set himself
an ambitious target of 35 goals for this season.
"I hope to win my bet because I've lost it for the last two years," the
28-year-old Brazilian told the club's webpage. "It isn't going to be an
easy target to reach, but it will motivate me."
The three-time winner of the World Player of the Year award scored 30
goals in all competitions in his first campaign at Real, 31 in his
second and 24 last term.
The best season in his career came at Barcelona in the 1996-97 season
when he scored a total of 45 goals for the Catalans.
Ronaldo said that the addition of Brazilian duo Robinho and Julio
Baptista and Uruguayan internationals Pablo Garcia and Carlos Diogo to
the Real squad would allow the team to mount a much stronger challenge
for the honours that have eluded them over the past two seasons.
"I think that the club has come to understand the importance of having
more players because there are a lot of games and a lot of competitions
in the season," he said. "All sides now have squads of over 25 players
so that they can rest people.
"I'd like to win both the league title and the Champions League this
season, but above all the league because that's what I think the fans
who come to see us every Sunday would like.
"Having said that I've never won the Champions League and I'm not going
to give up football without winning it."
Real leave their pre-season training camp in Austria on Saturday to head
for Budapest where they will play a testimonial match in honour of
former player Ferenc Puskas.