Around 85,000 people turned out at the Bernabeu earlier this week to witness the unveiling of the world’s most expensive player and the club shop has been doing brisk trade with Ronaldo-branded merchandise flying off the shelves – legally and other wise.
The adulation sits comfortably with Ronaldo, who is unlikely to feel the pressure of an unprecedented price tag.
“Of course the club can pay £80m for me. Or more. I think I’m worth more,” said Ronaldo.
“Everyone says ‘no’ but I say ‘yes’. Somebody will have to evaluate me.”
Ronaldo has long yearned to wear the white strip of Real and insists it was always his decision to leave Manchester for Madrid.
“In reality I chose where I wanted to play,” Ronaldo told the Sun. “I was in Manchester for six years and I owe them everything that I am now.
“In Manchester I made history and won many titles. They knew a year ago what I wanted.
“That’s why things happened now. It was a pleasure for me to play at Old Trafford but now a new chapter in my life begins at the Bernabeu with new challenges. I wanted to play for this club and for that reason I’m here.
“I’m used to speculation. I could have signed for Madrid in 2008 but I belonged to Manchester.”
Ronaldo, still only 24, also believes that the move to Spain will only see him develop as a player.
“I’m less selfish than I used to be,” he said. “Four years ago, I always tried to make the play and finish it off myself by scoring.
“But experience makes you understand that playing in a team and being a team player is what helps you achieve the big objectives.
"Madrid will see the best of Cristiano.”