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Sansone made LaLiga move to face Ronaldo

Villarreal forward Nicola Sansone revealed the chance to face Cristiano Ronaldo was part of why he moved to LaLiga.

Sansone, 25, made the move from Sassuolo in August and the Italian has settled well in Spain, scoring five goals in 11 league games.

The three-time Italy international said the opportunity to face Real Madrid star Ronaldo was somewhat behind his move.

"One of the reasons I decided to come to Spain was to play against my idol Cristiano Ronaldo," Sansone told Corriere dello Sport.

"When I shook his hand, I was smiling like a child.

"I asked for his shirt, but he was annoyed by the draw. He told me he would give it to me next time."

Villarreal held Madrid to the 1-1 draw in September, their fine start to the season seeing them sitting third in the table.

Sansone said the target was a top-four finish in LaLiga, and reaching the Europa League knockout stages.

"The goal is to move to the next stage of the Europa League," he said. "And reach the top four positions in the league."

Villarreal visit Athletic Bilbao in their next league outing on Sunday.