Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a message to his critics after leading Real Madrid to the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday night (12 April), scoring a hat-trick to overturn a 2-0 deficit to Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg midfielder Maximilian Arnold rued his side's slow start after they exited the Champions League at the hands of Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid.
Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and saved the day for Real Madrid, but he said that this wasn't his best performance.
"It had to be a magic night and it was".
Although he has amassed 46 goals in all competitions this season and is top scorer in the Champions League and La Liga, Ronaldo attracted criticism earlier in the campaign for not performing in the biggest games. "It's been a complicated season for me, with a lot of pain. It wasn't easy to say the truth, but I'm very happy and very proud about everything they've done". Real Madrid must win this one in order to achieve a European streak and eventually add another one to the trophy case. It wasn't over yet, but Madrid was so close and for the first time in more than two-and-a-half hours of football, they were in front on aggregate. "We created more chances and we deserve to get to the next round", said the Portuguese global.
With words being had between Keylor Navas and Ronaldo ahead of the free kick, and with head coach Zinedine Zidane telling the press, they'd have to ask the players involved, well they did, and here's how Ronaldo answered. "I always give of my best, those who work with me know that, and the stats don't lie". "I'm happy because we are one step away from going all the way to the final". "I will always try to help the team".
By contrast, Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking rued his side's lack of experience at this stage of the competition as the bowed out having reached the last eight for the first time. "We went in with a really high intensity (and) we showed the opposition that it was important for us to win and go through", the French said on the club's website.