Cristiano Ronaldo dismisses critics after Champions League triumph

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RonaldoReal Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at critics after guiding his team to UEFA Champions League success, as well as scoring over 50 goals in the 2015-2016 campaign.

The Portuguese forward scored the decisive penalty as Madrid claimed a 5-3 shoot-out victory over Atletico Madrid after the European decider finished locked at 1-1 after extra-time in Milan on Saturday.

Ronaldo was aware of his numbers this season after netting 51 goals, including 16 in the Champions League.

The 31 year-old was criticised in the wake of the win, but he said that was of no concern.

“I don’t care about that. I always keep the people who love me [close],” Ronaldo said.

“So this Champions League is for them, the guys who support me all the time, my fans in Portugal and around the world.”

Despite scoring more than 50 goals in six consecutive seasons, Ronaldo said he is targeting further improvement yet.

“After this I have more than 4,000 minutes on the pitch this season.

I was number one in the team again, for most minutes. That means a lot to me,” he said.

“It means I am still good, I still feel good physically, mentally.

If you ask me if I feel tired, of course.

I have a lot of minutes in the legs, but I am still there, I am always there.

“I showed the team I am there for the good moments and bad moments.

This is what makes me feel proud.

For seven years now I’m scoring more than 50 goals every year, but I am always asking more from myself.”