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Football: Ronaldo happy despite taunts.

CRISTIANO RONALDO insists he is "very happy" at Manchester United despite enduring the fallout of his involvement in Wayne Rooney's World Cup sending-off.

The 21-year-old accepts it is inevitable he will be on the receiving end of abuse this season after he bore the brunt of the blame for his United team-mate's red card in England's quarter-final defeat to Portugal.

Ronaldo has already experienced the strength of feeling against him in Premiership away games at Charlton and Watford but has shrugged off the catcalls.

"I knew I'd be whistled as soon as I put a foot on the pitch at Charlton, but I faced the game in a very calm way," he said.

"I won't give any importance to the whistles of the insults."

The winger claims his reaction to Rooney's apparent stamp was "normal" and believes everyone puts club loyalties to one side when playing for their countries.

"Throughout my career, I have always defended - in any circumstances - my country," he added.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 30, 2006
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