Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he was afraid he may have come back too soon following his hamstring injury after playing a starring role in his side’s win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Los Blancos take a 1-0 lead to Germany next week in the second leg of the semi-final tie with the Champions League holders after Karim Benzema netted for the nine-time European Cup winners. Ronaldo played a sublime pass to Fabio Coentrao, who crossed the ball for Benzema to score. The 29-year-old was then given a rousing ovation when his night’s work was done and he was removed in the 73rd minute.
Speaking to reporters after the game, the Ballon d’Or winner admitted he was afraid he had come back too soon from his injury. “I was afraid – it was my first match after three weeks out,” he said. “Some people didn’t want me to play and some people did. I felt well and ready for the next few games.”
Discussing the match itself, he said he was pleased with the win, and Los Blancos would look to score an early goal in the Allianz Arena to make things more complicated for Pep Guardiola’s side.
“One-nil is a good result. We have a good advantage and if we score next week it will be so difficult for them to qualify for the final. The second leg will be a tense match. We have a little advantage so let’s see if that is enough,” Ronaldo stated.