The Manchester United superstar says he knows his responsibilities on the pitch.
Cristiano Ronaldo has displayed impressive performances for Manchester United since his return to Old-Trafford this summer. The Portuguese star has scored six goals for his side, but he has been criticized for his underwhelming pressing stats.
Ahead of Man United’s crucial game against Liverpool on Sunday, Ronaldo says he has no concerns over his defensive work rate.
"I know when the team needs my help defensively. But my role in the club is to win, help the team to win and to score goals — [the defensive side] is part of my job.
"The people who don't want to see that is because they don't like me but to be honest I'm 36, I win everything so am I going to be worried about the people who say bad things about me? I sleep good at night. I go to my bed with my conscience very good. Keep going with that because I will still close mouths and win things.”
Despite Ronaldo’s great performances, Man United are struggling to keep their place among the league’s front runners. Having collected 14 points from their eight games, the Red Devils currently sit sixth in the Premier League.
"Criticism is always part of the business. I'm not worried about that. And I see it as a good thing to be honest. If they worry about me or they speak about me, it's because they know my potential and value in football still. So it's good. I'll give you an example: if you're in a school and you're the best student, you ask the worst student if he likes the best, they'll say they don't like him.
"I think the main word is that I'm still happy and enjoying football. It doesn't matter how many things I won in my career. I win everything but I'm still motivated. I'm in a new chapter of my life, even with my age, and this is why I am here — to try to win and I think Manchester needs to be at this level of winning and thinking to win big things so I'm here to help."
Ronaldo scored a crucial match-winner for the Red Devils in their Champions League victory against Atalanta on Wednesday. The Portugal international will face a harder test on Sunday as he will face Liverpool’s solid backline at Old-Trafford.
After their match against Liverpool, Manchester United will face Tottenham in their next League match on October 30.
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