United’s recent poor run of form has raised questions about the relevance of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Old Trafford.
Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has slammed critics who are quick to question his work rate defensively for the Ole Gunnar Solksjaer side.
Following his summer return to the Old Trafford from Juventus, the Portuguese national team captain has impressed with six goals so far including late winning strikes against Villareal and Atlanta in the UEFA Champions League.
However, United’s recent poor run of form especially in the English Premier League has raised questions about his relevance in the Ole Gunnar Solksjaer side, but the former Real Madrid man in an interview with Sky Sports disclosed he is not worried about critics of his defensive work rate, saying “I know when the team needs my help defensively. But my role in the club is to win, help the team to win and to score goals — [the defensive side] is part of my job.’’
Ronaldo, 36, believes that people who question his contribution on the pitch dislikes him and vowed to “still close mouths and win things.’’
“Criticism is always part of the business. I’m not worried about that. And I see it as a good thing to be honest. If they worry about me or they speak about me, it’s because they know my potential and value in football still. So it’s good. I’ll give you an example: if you’re in a school and you’re the best student, you ask the worst student if he likes the best, they’ll say they don’t like him.
“I think the main word is that I’m still happy and enjoying football. It doesn’t matter how many things I won in my career. I win everything but I’m still motivated. I’m in a new chapter of my life, even with my age, and this is why I am here — to try to win and I think Manchester needs to be at this level of winning and thinking to win big things so I’m here to help.”
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