Cristiano Ronaldo Says Critics 'Don't Know S--t' After Real Madrid Win La Liga

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2017

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with teammates the team's win on Plaza Cibeles in Madrid on May 21, 2017 after the Sparish league football match Malaga CF vs Real Madrid CF held at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga on May 21, 2017.
Madrid sealed a first La Liga title in five years on Sunday -- and 33rd in total -- with a 2-0 victory at Malaga to bring a halt to Barcelona's domination of domestic matters having won six of the previous eight titles.

 / AFP PHOTO / OSCAR DEL POZO        (Photo credit should read OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

Following Real Madrid's La Liga title win on Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at his critics and says they "don't know s--t."  

He told Marca (h/t the Mirror's Joe Mewis): "People talk about me and don't know s--t. I don't watch TV because if I did I wouldn't have a life, that's how often they talk about me in a bad way, in football and outside of football, they talk about me as if I were a delinquent.

"When people talk about Cristiano they get it wrong, inside and outside of football. Football critics don't worry me because I know doing the math people will shut up. They always have two stones in their hands when I speak. I am not a saint, but I'm not a devil either, which is what many people say I am."

Ronaldo is reportedly facing a tax investigation over alleged irregularities relating to his image rights between 2009 and 2011, per El Confidencial (h/t AS).

The forward faced similar allegations in December last year amid the release of information from Football Leaks, per the Agence-France Presse (h/t Yahoo Sports).

Los Blancos needed only to avoid defeat at Malaga on Sunday to seal their first La Liga title since 2012, but Ronaldo scored in the second minute to help them record a 2-0 win.

Football writer Liam Canning hailed his contribution:

Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning

Amazing how Ronaldo can silence critics with ease. In Madrid’s title-deciding game, he opened the scoring to settle nerves. Massive player.

The Guardian's Sid Lowe also singled out the 32-year-old, and the creator of his goal, as Real's two key players in the run-in:

Sid Lowe @sidlowe

Isco and Ronaldo: the outstanding players of the final decisive 6 weeks

Despite it not being a vintage campaign overall from Ronaldo, he has stepped up when it mattered and shown some incredible form of late:

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Cristiano in his last 9 games: ⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽ 🏆 won, one more final to play https://t.co/npc6Ph1DcW

Ronaldo has defied his critics throughout his career, and while he is starting to decline slightly with age, he has shown time and again that he remains firmly among the best in the world.

In sealing the league title, Ronaldo has strengthened the one area of his trophy cabinet slightly lacking, as it is just his second in eight years in the Spanish capital.

The Portugal star will also have another chance to add major silverware to his CV before the season completely draws to a close as he'll lead Real into their third UEFA Champions League final in four years in June.

As strong as opponents Juventus are, Los Blancos' recent history in the competition should make them the favourites, and having Ronaldo on their side only enhances that further.


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