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Cristiano Ronaldo 'hurt' by Real Madrid boos

Team-mate Keylor Navas says the Portuguese superstar is affected by supporter unrest.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been whistled by a section of the Real Madrid support recently.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been whistled by a section of the Real Madrid support recently.

REAL MADRID STAR Cristiano Ronaldo is hurt when the Santiago Bernabeu crowd whistles at him, says team-mate Keylor Navas.

Despite calls for unity in the Spanish capital and his status as the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo was targeted with jeering from Madrid fans during Sunday’s 3-0 league win over Real Sociedad.

Ronaldo, who had been made a scapegoat for Madrid’s slump of one win in five matches, reacted to the whistles before he turned boos into cheers as he set up the opener before scoring a goal himself.

“You can tell that Cristiano really loves all the fans and Sergio Ramos has said so,” Navas told SER.

It’s not that he doesn’t care that they whistle him. It hurts him when they whistle and jeer but he knows that the fans also support us. He always tries to help the team by scoring goals.

“These things happen. I was a new player and it didn’t take me by surprise.

When the fans and players are united, the team is always much stronger so, when the fans really get behind us, it gives us a huge boost – and that’s what we want.”

Pressed further on the atmosphere in the Spanish capital, Navas replied: “We pay more attention to what’s going on within the team. You can always improve and that’s what we are trying to do. Little by little we are reaching our objectives. We feel good in ourselves and strong.

“We don’t want to lose the good feeling of unity we have and we want to keep winning.”

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