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Cristiano Ronaldo: Enemies drive me to glory

By Steve Simpson

Published 28/10/2016

Fired up: Cristiano Ronaldo says he turns criticism into motivation
Fired up: Cristiano Ronaldo says he turns criticism into motivation

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he needs his "enemies" to drive him to greatness on the pitch. The Real Madrid star has a tendency for infuriating opposition fans and players with his in-game antics and, as a result, the 31-year-old has emerged as an unpopular figure in certain corners of the sport.

But this hatred has proved central to his success and has helped spur him on.

"Football has taught me to use negative people as motivation," the Portuguese said.

"In reality I need my enemies. It is them who have helped me to achieve everything that I have won."

Ronaldo is one of the game's most decorated players having won the Champions League three times, the Premier League three times and La Liga once.

The former Manchester United star has also picked up the Ballon d'Or on three occasions.

He has enjoyed an equally prolific international career. Ronaldo is Portugal's all-time top goalscorer with 66 strikes to his name and, over the summer, the international captain led his side to Euro 2016 glory in France.

Outside of his own personal success, Ronaldo also admitted that he and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi "aren't good friends", but insisted that the two share a mutual respect for one another.

"We aren't good friends, but there is respect on both parts," Ronaldo added.

"The media talk about a great rivalry, but we don't have one."

Belfast Telegraph

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