‘The criticism is getting worse’ – Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo made his 400th appearance for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

The 32-year-old netted a clinical brace to fire Real Madrid into a 3-1 win at Signal Iduna Park, taking him to five goals from six appearances in the 2017/18 campaign.

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Love him or hate him, you cannot deny Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible numbers for Real Madrid: he’s scored 411 goals in 400 games, notched up 112 assists, 42 hat-tricks, 13 trophies and three Ballon d’Or awards.

Despite a steady run of goalscoring form – something which has followed him throughout the majority of his career – the Portuguese superstar is surprised with the media’s perception of him.

“It seems that I have to keep showing exactly who I am in every match,” said Ronaldo.

“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.”

Cristiano Ronaldo is the UEFA Champions League all-time top scorer, netting 105 times in 142 appearances for Manchester United and Real Madrid, with Lionel Messi’s total of 96 goals in 116 games the closest to his record.

The former Manchester United man also holds records for the most goals scored in home games, away games, the knockout stages, free-kicks, headers and the highest tally in a single campaign: 17 goals from 11 appearances in 2013/14.

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