Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of 2017 on Monday and took the opportunity to slam his critics.
The 33-year-old beat compatriots Rui Patricio and Bernardo Silva to the award, adding to his record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or last year.
Ronaldo rediscovered his top form recently, after a slow start to the season, scoring a sensational 18 goals in his last nine La Liga games to take his tally for the campaign up to 22 in 23 league outings.
“I am grateful for this award to all those who are here,” he said, according to Goal. “It is also an award for all my colleagues — 2017 was an excellent year, unforgettable both collectively and individually.
“I also won my fifth Ballon d’Or and my second The Best award. I also dedicate it to my four children. That’s another record — three children in three months.
“We have to defend what is ours because there is always a Portuguese in the fight.
“I always believe and say that I am the best, whatever they say, and then I show it in the field. We are in the fight year after year.”