Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his “annoyance” with self-styled critics who require him to prove that he is a good player every year.
The 34-year-old Juventus and Portugal, has long earned the right to be considered among the game’s best players ever, with five Ballons d’Or and five many Champions League titles.
Following a maiden Serie A title with Juve this season, the 34-year-old now won has titles in three different countries and is still in line for the Italian division’s top scorer award with 21 goals in 29 appearances.
Despite all, the former Real Madrid superstar is sport for critics due to his career-long rivalry with Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi, which he admits annoys him.
“I will not deny that sometimes it annoys me and it tires because it seems that every year you must prove that you are very good,” he told El Pais.
“It’s hard. You have what you have to have that extra pressure of having to prove something to people, not just for you, also to the people around you. Your family, your mother, your son: ‘Cris, you have to win tomorrow’.
“That makes you more active. You always have to train, but there comes a time when you say: ‘Look, let me be’.”
He added: “I don’t think they believe I’m a robot, but they do see me as a person who can never have a problem, can never be sad, can never have a problem.
“People identify having no problems, success, with money. How can you be sad or have a downer if you have millions? You must understand that people do not think like you, have not lived certain moments, do not have a culture greater than what they are allowed.
“But I understand it. I know people are waiting with a shotgun for Cristiano to miss a penalty, or to fail in a crucial match. But it is part of life and I must be prepared. I’ve been prepared for many years now.”