Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Real Madrid to a hard fought 4-2 win over a spirited Japanese minnows Kashima Antlers to lift the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup on Sunday in Japan with a stunning hat-trick, his 40th for the Spanish capital giants.
After the game, Ronaldo who won the Golden Ball award after being voted MVP and highest goalscorer at the annual event, went ballistic on his critics.
“Everyone always expects more from Cristiano, I always give my best and if I can’t do it it’s because I’m unable,” he said.
“People often talk too much, but I’m used to that. I show my quality on the pitch and nothing has gone badly.
“I have kept my level of performance as high as possible over the last 10 years. I want to keep working and enjoy my football, that is what I love the most.
“The statistics don’t lie. I am really happy, I’ve had a great season personally and as part of a team.”
Ronaldo had a slow start to 2016/17 season following his exertion at the European Championship in France where his country Portugal emerged eventual winners in the summer.
But since getting back to his stride, the 31-year-old has scored 23 goals in his last 22 outings for club and country.
It’s been a remarkable year for the former Manchester United hitman who after winning the Champions League and Euro 2016, picked up his fourth career FIFA Ballon d’Or on Monday before capping his incredible year with the Club World Cup gong.