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'My numbers speak for themselves': Ronaldo takes on critics after Dortmund double

The Portuguese star was also noncommittal about a possible contract extension, although he has a deal at Real until 2021.

Real Madrid sealed a 3-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund last night.
Real Madrid sealed a 3-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund last night.
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REAL MADRID STAR Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at his critics and says he is surprised that he continually has to prove himself.

Ronaldo scored a brace to help Madrid to a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last night, in what was his 150th European game.

The Portuguese star’s domestic return has not gone to plan, unable to net in two La Liga games since coming back from suspension.

But Ronaldo, 32, is growing tired of the constant criticism, saying he had already proven himself.

“It seems that I have to keep showing exactly who I am in every match,” he told Atresmedia after his 400th Madrid appearance.

“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.”

Gareth Bale opened the scoring with a stunning volley for Madrid at Signal Iduna Park before Ronaldo’s second-half double.

Ronaldo said Zinedine Zidane’s men stepped up, as the La Liga giants won at Dortmund for the first time.

“Before the game we spoke about how much we wanted to win in Dortmund,” he said.

“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.”

Meanwhile, he has insisted that he is happy at the club, but was noncommittal about a potential contract extension.

The Portugal star is contracted until mid-2021, but seemingly may consider a renewal.

However, Ronaldo said any questions about his contract should be directed to Madrid president Florentino Perez, although the former Manchester United man said he was happy in the Spanish capital.

“If I will renew? It’s a good question,” he said. “I am glad. Things happen naturally, but it is a question that the president can answer best.

“I’m happy, I do what I like and I’m happy.”

Ronaldo joined Madrid from United in 2009 and has won three Champions League crowns and two La Liga titles alongside numerous individual honours at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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