Cristiano Ronaldo: Whole team deserves praise

Cristiano Ronaldo: Whole team deserves praise


Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo says the whole team deserves praise for the way they played against Shakhtar Donesk on Tuesday night.

The Portuguese once again stole the show with a second half hat trick in the 4-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Karim Benzema getting the other goal. His three goals mean the 30-year-old is the leading scorer in Champions League history after being tied on 77 with Leo Messi. He becomes the first player to hit 80 goals in the competition.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Ronaldo played down his importance in the team, saying every player deserved credit.

“We know that the pre-season is less important and we knew that we had to start well in both La Liga and the Champions League.

“We didn’t start brilliantly in La Liga, with a draw, but since then we’ve been fine, more consistent, and now we’re on a roll. We are in a good moment, we must highlight the work of the team. We were consistent in defence and did a good job. Shakhtar played well, they are a team that has a lot of possession, but today was Real Madrid’s day to win playing well,” he stated.

And he continued: “I knew this [record] would come, naturally and without pressure. It’s good of course, I won’t lie, I feel so proud and happy but this is not my goal – my goal is to be good all season and help the team win, which is the most important, and to win collective trophies.”