Cristiano Ronaldo: My numbers speak for themselves, but criticism is getting worse
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at criticis after scoring twice in his side's 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League Group H.
Ronaldo had failed to score in Real's win against Deportivo Alaves, but used his brace on Wednesday night to defend himself:
"It seems that I have to keep showing exactly who I am in every match,"
"I am surprised by what the public thinks of me, my numbers speak for themselves, I am an exemplary professional and I always have a clear mind.
"The criticism is getting worse."
Ronaldo praised more than just his own performance, stating that the team had done well to secure a win against Dortmund, perhaps their biggest rivals in Group H, along with Tottenham Hotspur.
"Before the game we spoke about how much we wanted to win in Dortmund.
"We did what the coach told us, the team has been phenomenal, creating opportunities and it isn't easy to score three goals here.
"We played well."
Ronaldo's current deal at Real runs until 2021, but he hinted that there could be change in his circumstances before then:
"It's a good question, these things happen naturally but maybe the president can give a better response than I can.
"I'm happy and I'm doing what I enjoy.
"People talk about me every day all around the world, I live for football and my family, not for the media.
"Sometimes these stories start in Portugal, in Spain or even Germany, because when you're big business, people talk about you."