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02.05.2012 » Granero: "I'm very proud to play alongside with Cristiano Ronaldo"

Esteban Granero, the pirate 'el pirata', celebrating his goal for Real Madrid, doing an eye patch with his hand, in 2012

Real Madrid midfielder, Esteban Granero, made his preview to bwin.com for the upcoming match in San Mamés against Athletic Bilbao and revealed his high hopes of Real Madrid wrapping up La Liga title in such a difficult ground. Also known as "El Pirata", Granero praised his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and said that it is a great honor to play with him in Real Madrid.

Esteban Granero is most certainly one of the most loved players in the current Real Madrid squad. The Spanish midfielder, who is a product of the Real Madrid "cantera", is yet to score a goal this season, after having played in 19 games for the Merengues. However, the Pirate's contribution to the team is surely not overlooked by José Mourinho and the 24-years old is expected to continue in the club for the next season. When granting an interview to bwin.com regarding this Wednesday's match preview against Athletic Bilbao, Granero confessed that he is very proud to have the chance of playing in the same team as Cristiano Ronaldo.

Esteban Granero - Real Madrid's future lies on its own cantera:

Granero is one of those few players about who we can safely say that has a deep connection with Real Madrid. Born and raised in Madrid, the Pirate's first words in bwin.com match preview were precisely to emphasize how much he loves playing for the Merengues.

Esteban Granero grabbing and showing Real Madrid badge on his jersey, during goal celebrations

Granero: "Defending the badge of Real Madrid is my life. For the most part of my career I've wore this shirt, in both training practices and games. Since I was a young kid, Real Madrid have educated me and made me the player and person I am today. I've celebrated a lot of league titles as a fan and obviously I really want to celebrate one as a player. It's true that we are close to it, but we didn't achieve anything yet...", alerted the 24-years old midfielder.

Esteban Granero stats
Club
Seasons
Appearances
Goals
Assists
Real Madrid
2011-12
26
0
1
Real Madrid
2010-11
32
2
2
Real Madrid
2009-10
35
3
5
Getafe
2008-09
31
4
5
Getafe
2007-08
37
3
2
TOTAL
2007-2012
161
12
15

Real Madrid takes on Athletic Bilbao this Wednesday night, in a game where the Merengues can finally clinch the so awaited La Liga title. Granero has only been a starter in the Spanish Legue for 6 times this season, however, that stat doesn't discourage the Madrid-born player.

Granero: "I always want to start. I try to do what my job is and that's being ready for the manager whenever he wants, so I can perform on the level that this shirt and the fans deserve. My objective and obligation as a football player is simply to be ready...", noted Esteban Granero when analysing his chances of being part of the Real Madrid line-up against Athletic Bilbao.

Esteban Granero playing with Cristiano Ronaldo earrings, while Irina Shayk pays attention to the game

Granero returned to Real Madrid in 2009, after spending a couple of seasons playing and shining for Getafe. That was precisely the same season when Cristiano Ronaldo arrived to the club, so Granero had the opportunity to follow the Portuguese player closely, right from the start of his adventure in Spanish lands.

Granero: "It makes me proud to be alongside players like Cristiano Ronaldo. He's the kind of athlete who makes the difference and shape an era. It's amazing that he's playing for Real Madrid and that I have him as a teammate. I hope he can keep on working everyday with this humility and effort, which will just make him an even better player in the future. It's truly fantastic that Ronaldo is playing with us at Real Madrid!", pointed out the Spanish midfielder.

Cristiano Ronaldo watching a tennis match with Esteban Granero at his side

The next game against Athletic won't risk being one of those matches where the Merengues player underestimate their opponents. Marcelo Bielsa's side has been doing a terrific campaign and Esteban Granero's words in bwin's interview, demonstrate how big is the respect that Real Madrid holds for Athletic.

Granero: "Clearly, they've had a very good season and have taken a great leap forward in quality this year. Their manager [Marcelo Bielsa] has helped them to improve as well. They are a very young team with very ambitious players and there's always a great connection between the footballers on the pitch and the fans on the crowd. It's definitely a very difficult team, but we'll try to extend our current good form and if we manage to remain faithful to our style, I believe we're perfectly capable of pulling off the win", remarked the former Getafe player, just before concluding his thoughts on this Wednesday's clash against the Bilbao side.

Esteban Granero: "We've had good results in San Mamés [Athletic's stadium] recently and even though I don't know what the score will be, we are going there to win! We need these 3 points in order to assure we'll become champions right away and we always go out to the pitch with the obligation of winning. We'll try to play our usual football style and we know that if we keep it tight at the back, our players upfront are normally very dangerous and score goals very often. It will be important to close La Liga as soon as possible and that means coming out with the victory from this game", anticipated "El Pirata".

Esteban Granero playing in a Real Madrid black jersey and uniform, in 2011


Real Madrid next game will be for La Liga, against Athletic Bilbao, this next Wednesday (02-05-2012). You can watch Juventus live stream, Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid, Barcelona vs Malaga, Chelsea vs Newcastle and Bolton vs Tottenham, all from our soccer live streams section. Cristiano Ronaldo will most likely be a starter, when Real Madrid visits Bilbao.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid kick-off time (02-05-2012):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+8: 04:00
Spain
(Madrid) | GMT+2: 22:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+1: 21:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-1: 19:00
New York (United States) | GMT-4: 16:00
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-7: 13:00
Beijing (China) | GMT-7: 13:00

Sources: ronaldo7.net / abola.pt / youtube.com

Esteban Granero playing for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League in 2012

Esteban Granero with long hair, in a Real Madrid practice session

Cristiano Ronaldo touching hands with Esteban Granero, after a goal for Real Madrid in 2012

Esteban Granero listening to José Mourinho, in Real Madrid

Esteban Granero playing for Getafe in 2007-2008

Esteban Granero celebrating with Getafe fans in the crowd, in 2007-2008

Esteban Granero running in a game for Getafe in 2007-2008

Esteban Granero at a very young age in Getafe

Esteban Granero, soccer player in Getafe, wearing a blue hair band

Esteban Granero joy and happiness in Getafe during 2007 until 2008

Estaban Granero making the pirate or 'pirata' eye patch hand gesture, in Real Madrid goal celebrations

Esteban Granero, Real Madrid pirate already closing his eye

Esteban Granero showing his love and dedication for Real Madrid

Esteban Granero, a soccer player with a classic beard

Cristiano Ronaldo greeting Esteban Granero in a Real Madrid training session in 2012

Esteban Granero hiding his eye with one hand, after scoring for Real Madrid

Esteban Granero in action during a game for Real Madrid

Esteban Granero granting an interview to the journalists

Esteban Granero, soccer player fashion style, in Spain, Madrid

Esteban Granero representing Real Madrid cantera in 2012

Esteban Granero shirtless, showing his chest and body few muscles, as well as his non existing abs, aside with two fans

Soccer player, Esteban Granero in Madrid streets with his girlfriend and wife, Pilar

Esteban Granero and girlfriend/wife, Pilar, his Spanish WAG

Esteban Granero reaction after scoring a goal for Real Madrid

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