Manchester United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up on the criticism aimed at him over his lack of work-rate and defensive work on the pitch, revealing that, "he will close the mouths of the critics by winning things".
Ronaldo returned to United after a gap of 12 years in the summer and he has been brilliant in front of goal so far, scoring six goals in eight appearances so far, netting late winners in both of their Champions League group-stage victories to date.
However as per data, the 36-year-old ranks at the bottom of the pressing charts for forwards across the Premier League, which has led many to question if is actually helping United on the pitch.
"I know when the team needs my help defensively. But my role in the club is to win, help the team to win and to score goals - [the defensive side] is part of my job," Ronaldo said in an interview with Sky Sports.
"The people who don't want to see that is because they don't like me but to be honest I'm 36, I win everything so am I going to be worried about the people who say bad things about me? I sleep good at night. I go to my bed with my conscience very good. Keep going with that because I will still close mouths and win things.
"Criticism is always part of the business. I'm not worried about that. And I see it as a good thing to be honest. If they worry about me or they speak about me, it's because they know my potential and value in football still. So it's good. I'll give you an example: if you're in a school and you're the best student, you ask the worst student if he likes the best, they'll say they don't like him.
"I think the main word is that I'm still happy and enjoying football. It doesn't matter how many things I won in my career. I win everything but I'm still motivated. I'm in a new chapter of my life, even with my age, and this is why I am here - to try to win and I think Manchester needs to be at this level of winning and thinking to win big things so I'm here to help."
"Manchester United is a sign [of] winning things and I'm not here for holidays. I said to them I see huge potential in this team; very young players, players with potential, and I'm here to win and to help the team to build new stuff.
Ronaldo's arrival has led many to tip United as title challengers and it will only be further strengthened if they are able to beat Liverpool in their Premier League clash on Sunday.