Cristiano Ronaldo has just given those who refer to him as ‘Penaldo’ some additional ammunition.
The Real Madrid superstar took part in a short question-and-answer session at his house with his friend Ricardo acting as the interviewer for Unscriptd and explained why he prefers penalties to free-kicks.
Cristiano was also asked by his Portuguese mate whether he prefers burgers or sausages, Michael Jordon or Muhammad Ali, Lamborghinis or Ferraris - he couldn’t decide because he has both - and a beautiful smile or captivating eyes. (Scroll down to watch the video).
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On whether he prefers free-kicks or penalties, Ronaldo replied: “Penalty. I think penalties are better. [There’s more] adrenaline and I prefer stuff with adrenaline.”
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner is usually lethal from 12 yards - but his critics have argued that too many of his goals are scored from spot-kicks.
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Video: Cristiano Ronaldo's Q&A session
Ronaldo has scored 64 penalties for Real Madrid
However, only seven of the 33 goals Ronaldo has scored this season have come from the penalty spot, which shows that he’s hardly reliant on the referee for most of his goals.
Of the 346 goals he’s scored since joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, Ronaldo has scored 64 penalties and missed eight.
Lionel Messi, during the same period of time, has scored 42 penalties but missed 13.
Rather than being derided, Ronaldo should be praised for his accuracy from the penalty spot - even if his celebrations after scoring from 12 yards are often a little over the top.
Ronaldo would never take a penalty like Messi
One thing’s for sure: you would never see Ronaldo pass up the opportunity to score a penalty like Messi did against Celta Vigo last weekend.
The Barcelona superstar made headlines around the world after passing his penalty to Luis Suarez - but it’s safe to assume, from his reaction earlier this week, that Ronaldo wasn’t impressed with the move.
“I know why Messi took the penalty like that and I'm not saying anything else,” the 31-year-old was quoted as saying by Catalan newspaper Sport. “Think what you want.”
Ronaldo in competition with Suarez for the Pichichi
The Portuguese star was clearly irked, without specifically saying so, that Messi was helping his teammate in his bid to win the Pichichi - the award handed to La Liga’s top goalscorer at the end of each season.
Ronaldo will have been even more frustrated to see Suarez on penalty duty during the match between Barcelona and Sporting Gijon on Wednesday night - although the Uruguayan missed a second-half spot-kick.
Suarez made amends, though, by scoring a beautiful goal in the 3-1 win at El Molinón and is now three goals ahead of Ronaldo in the race for La Liga’s top scorer award.
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