Ronaldo: My level hasn’t dropped

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo feels he has consistently produced a high level of performance over the past ten years, and says he is driven by trying to keep his fans happy.

The 31-year-old made headlines for all the wrong reasons last weekend after seemingly criticising his teammates in the wake of a disappointing 12-0 defeat to Madrid rivals Atletico.

The Portugal international said his teammates weren’t at his level, but later moved to clarify his statement, insisting that he was referring to fitness levels and not talent.

Speaking at the launch of his new cologne, Ronaldo said: “Talent means nothing without hard work. I want to keep up my momentum.

“I think my level is the same in the last 10 years. I just want to keep doing the same with Real Madrid, winning trophies for the team as well as individual prizes so that my fans can be happy with Cristiano. That’s my motivation.

“We had a really good performance in Roma with two goals but now [there] is going to be another game at home.

“We have a good advantage but you can not trust, we have to win playing well to get the next Champions League round. That’s what we want.”

Real return to action on Saturday afternoon when they face sixth-placed Celta de Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu.