Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has apologised to the Spanish media, admitting he has been “a bit of a b******” with them recently.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner was speaking at a special ceremony on Friday afternoon after he became Real Madrid’s joint all-time record goalscorer earlier this week.
Real Madrid, Ronaldo and Spanish newspaper Marca believe Ronaldo has already overtaken Raul’s record of 323 goals for Los Blancos - hence why the ceremony took place today - although official records state that one more goal is required before he reaches 324.
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As well as thanking his family, friends, teammates and the coaches he has worked with since arriving at the Bernabeu in 2009, Ronaldo also took the opportunity to make peace with journalists.
The Portuguese star, prior to Wednesday night’s win over Malmo in the Champions League, had not spoken to the press since March.
Ronaldo admits he's been unfair on journalists
And Ronaldo, probably feeling under less pressure now he’s become Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer - in his own head, at least - admits he has been a little unfair on the media.
“I’d also like to thank the media, even though lately I've been a bit of a b****** with them, but it's my way of being,” the 30-year-old was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
It’s been a mixed start to the season for Ronaldo, who has scored five goals in La Liga - but all of them came in the 6-0 win over Espanyol.
That means that the former Manchester United star has failed to score in five of his first six league appearances this term - a stat that is causing some concern in the Spanish capital.
But Ronaldo will be determined to put that right against local rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday evening - and few would bet against him doing just that.
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