Real Madrid striker Ronaldo says he would
be delighted if the club were to continue signing more forwards as long
as it did not stop him from keeping his place in the starting line-up.
"There's been talk about Adriano and Robinho coming here. In the end
we'll have all the best forwards in the world at this club," the
Brazilian international told a news conference on Thursday.
"I'm sure we'd score stacks of goals, it would be incredible. If we had
Raul, Adriano, Owen and so on then that would be a major headache for
the coach. Every game would end up 8-7 or 7-7.
"I'd love them all to come here, as long as they didn't steal my place,"
he added with a smile.
Real have admitted that they are in negotiations to sign Santos forward
Robinho and have also been linked with Adriano in recent weeks, although
they have denied making any approach to the Inter Milan striker.
"I can't really give an opinion because I don't know the truth of what's
happening," said Ronaldo.
"Adriano is a friend and a great player. It's the same old story, though.
If a player wants to leave a club, he'll leave, especially if there is a
big club interested in him."
Ronaldo, who is Real's top scorer in the league with 11 goals, admitted
that he had been upset about being substituted in recent matches.
"There are no untouchables here, but it always seems to be me that gets
subbed. Of course, I'm not happy when it happens, no player is."
But the Brazilian paid tribute to fellow striker Michael Owen, who has
strengthened his case for a place in the starting line-up with some
impressive goal-scoring performances when he has come off the bench.
"He's got a fantastic record and always scores when he comes on," said
the three-times World Player of the Year. "He moves well, loses
defenders and everyone can see what a great player he is."
He also praised new recruit Thomas Gravesen, who joined Real from
Everton earlier this month, saying that the Danish midfielder had made a
big difference to the team.
"He was the sort of player the team was missing," he said. "He gives us
more security at the back because we have an extra person to help the
defence and he gives the forwards more freedom to attack."
Real have won all four league matches since Vanderlei Luxemburgo took
over as coach at the end of last month, but they remain seven points
adrift of leaders Barcelona.