Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo says criticism of him is part of his success and that not even God was able to make everyone happy.
The Los Blancos star has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season. In the 2015 calendar year, he netted 57 goals in total. Yet some pundits have said the 30-year-old is past his best and have been critical of his influence on games this campaign.
The all-time leading scorer for Los Blancos goes up against Barcelona duo Neymar and Leo Messi later this month for the Ballon d’Or which Ronaldo is looking to win for the fourth time in his career.
Speaking to El Mundo, Ronaldo said: “There are people out there who hate me and who say I’m arrogant, vain and whatever. That’s all part of my success. I am made to be the best. We cannot live being obsessed with what other people think about us. It’s impossible to live like that. Not even God managed to please the entire world.
“I have a clear conscience. I sleep well. I feel good helping others, regardless of whether that’s with big things or small things. I look at life differently ever since I became a father.
And he continued: “I can deal with the pressure because of the difficult life I have had. The person I am now is the result of the time I spent without my family and because of the difficult times I went through. I was ironing my own clothes when I was 11 years old. My mental strength goes back to those days.”