Thursday, 15 September 2011

Cristiano Ronaldo: Fans whistle me because I'm good-looking, rich and a great player

The Portuguese ended up with a bloody ankle after receiving a rough ride from Dinamo Zagreb defenders on Wednesday, and slammed the supporters for jeering him.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says Dinamo Zagreb fans are 'jealous' of him after receiving jeers from the local supporters in his side's 1-0 win in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Portuguese was given a rough time throughout by the home crowd as Madrid triumphed thanks to Angel Di Maria's second-half strike, and showed his frustration at the final whistle.

"It's surely because I'm good-looking, rich and a great soccer player. They're jealous of me. I don't have any other explanation," he said after the game, in quotes published by Marca.

Ronaldo was also unhappy with Norwegian referee Oddvar Moen, having finished the game with a bloody ankle which needed stitches in the dressing room later on.

"He was an embarrassment," Ronaldo said. "It's sad because referees say they will protect the most skilful players, but while others can't be touched, I am fouled all the time.

"I hope this referee never takes charge of another of our games because he is an embarrassment," he added.

After the game, assistant coach Aitor Karanka - deputizing for the suspended Jose Mourinho - revealed Ronaldo had needed medical attention.

"He's having stitches in the dressing room," the Basque said. "Let's hope it's nothing worse than that."

Ronaldo may now be a doubt for the game against Levante this weekend.

"I don't know; we'll see how my ankle improves," he said.

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