On a night when Real Madrid ended their winless run at Signal Iduna Park, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a memorable brace after two successive LaLiga matches without a goal and the Portuguese forward then took aim at his critics as he made clear he feels as though he needs to prove himself in every match.
Suspension and poor domestic form have placed a dark cloud over Ronaldo’s 2017/18 season thus far, his only joy coming with the Portuguese national team during the September international break.
His goals in Germany on Tuesday ensured Los Blancos took a vital three points in their Champions League group, yet Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure in an interview with Atresmedia.
“It seems that I have to keep showing exactly who I am in every match,” he said.
“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.”
No doubt that this motivated him and his colleagues to win.
“Before the game we spoke about how much we wanted to win in Dortmund,” he continued.
“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.”
With Isco and Marco Asensio having both agreed to new contracts with the Spanish champions, attention has now turned to the Portuguese forward, although his current deal is set to run until June 2021.
When pressed on the subject, the former Manchester United star refused to be drawn and suggested such a question should be directed to Florentino Perez, rather than himself.
“It’s a good question, these things happen naturally but maybe the president can give a better response than I can,” he noted.
“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.”