Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has warned critics to “leave me alone” in a viral video message released on Friday.
The No 7 had another successful season on the pitch for Los Blancos, winning his third Ballon d’Or in January, but he also came under fire for a controversial birthday party and endured a public break-up with long-term girlfriend Irina Shayk earlier in the year.
“It’s been a tough year but you’ve [my fans] always been there, showing that you’re faithful,” he began.
“I never talk about my private life but I want to take this opportunity to say that in recent weeks the Press have tried to speak ill of me – I have a new girlfriend every day, I do this, I do that…
“Leave me alone! Let me do my job as I do every year and don’t try to damage my image because you’re not going to succeed.”