Cristiano Ronaldo may well have struck his 90th Champions League goal during Real Madrid's 2-0 victory over Italian outfit Roma on Tuesday night, but that didn't stop sections of the Bernabeu crowd booing the Portuguese superstar.
Incredibly, despite leading the Spanish giants to the quarter-finals of Europe's elite competition, Ronaldo was subjected to criticism from the home faithful.
The player was jeered at times throughout the contest but responded in style by netting the opening goal of the game.
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In fact, Ronaldo's strike represented his 40th of the season as he continues to prove his credentials as one of the leading players in world football.
Ultimately, though, his goal return doesn't appear to be enough for the Real Madrid faithful, who have a history of turning on their own players.
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History of booing
Welshman Gareth Bale has often been the subject of abuse throughout his stint in Spain while various managers have also faced the wrath of the demanding crowd.
Following the showdown with Roma, Real boss Zinedine Zidane reacted to the episode.
The former France international stated that the reaction from the Real Madrid faithful would only motivate Ronaldo.
"It will only motivate him," Zidane told the Spanish television network TVE, as per the Daily Mail. "The important thing is that every time Cristiano is on the pitch he wants to score and he keeps doing it."
Ronaldo may well be controversial at times - he criticised his own players after the club recently lost at home to rivals Atletico Madrid - but it appears to be crazy that some of the club's supporters are turning on their best player.
His statistics are truly remarkable:
- He has 40 goals in all competitions this season.
- He has 90 Champions League goals - more than any other player.
- With 17 goals during the 2013/14 season, he holds the record for most goals scored in a single Champions League campaign.
- He has 252 goals in 228 La Liga games.
- He is Real Madrid's all-time leading goalscorer.
- He is the second highest goalscorer in La Liga history.
Ultimately, the form of Ronaldo can make or break Real's season and they must support him in pursuit of success.
Real are still in with a chance of claiming silverware in La Liga and the Champions League, but there should be no underestimating Ronaldo's importance to the cause.
Social media reacts
Unsurprisingly, social media reacted to the boos that Ronaldo had to endure during the contest. The majority were extremely surprised that the club's own fans were hitting out against their star man.
Here are some of the best tweets:
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