Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at his critics who are suggesting that he is not playing well because of his lack of goals.
The Portuguese star has only netted one La Liga goal this season – although he’s found the net eight times in all competitions – leading to suggestions he is struggling for form.
“I don't agree with what people are saying about me,” Ronaldo told an interview with L’Equipe.
“People don't know the difference between playing well, playing OK and not scoring goals.
"I'm looked at as a goal machine, like a guy who has to score all the time. If that isn't the case, nobody cares if I've played well or not, I'm only judged on scoring.
"I accept the criticism, but I don't agree with it. That's why I avoid reading or hearing what is said about me. But I have no choice but to accept it; I can't control the world.
“The team? We’re playing pretty well; not perfect, but good! I'm happy and I feel good. We dropped some points in the league but, in the Champions League, we're OK.
“It's only the start of the season and there are a lot of matches left to play. You have to stay calm and continue to work, because it's obvious we can do better.
“Things will change; I'm not worried. Other people are more so than me. I'm in 'delta mode,' if you know what I mean: calm, serene. Two years ago, it was the same situation; last year, the same. And this year, it starts again.”