Cristiano Ronaldo walked out of Real Madrid’s pre-match press conference, ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League last-16 first leg tie against AS Roma, after a journalist asked about his lack of away goals in recent weeks.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner did not react well after being asked why he has failed to score on the road since Real Madrid’s 2-0 La Liga win over Eibar on November 29.
Following a quick response, Ronaldo got up and walked out of the room - scroll down this page to watch the video.
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Responding to the journalist, Ronaldo was quoted by the Guardian as saying: “Who else has scored more goals away from home than me since I arrived in Spain? Name one player who has scored more than me?
“No answer? Ok. Thank you everyone,” he added, before standing up and walking out, to the surprise of the gathered media.
Video: Ronaldo walks out of press conference
Ronaldo becoming less influential in big matches?
Real Madrid have only played four away matches since November’s 2-0 win over Eibar - against Villarreal, Valencia, Real Betis and Granada - but Ronaldo’s lack of influence in those matches has been a concern.
The 31-year-old does appear to be becoming less influential in the biggest matches - although he will be determined to prove that’s not the case, silencing his critics in the process, against Roma this week.
His goalscoring record is still superb
Ronaldo’s goalscoring record this season is still magnificent - 32 goals in 30 appearances, 21 of which have been netted at the Bernabeu - but many of his braces and hat-tricks have been scored in big victories against teams Real Madrid are expected to beat comfortably.
“It’s understandable that people have doubts,” Ronaldo had said earlier. “It’s like with a son when you give him everything and then when you take it away, he cries.
“I hope that I can keep this ‘bad form’ up until the season’s end.“
Ronaldo has failed to score against Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Villarreal, Sevilla or Paris Saint-Germain this season, but scored twice against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Ronaldo will be desperate to score v Roma
The former Manchester United star, who also admitted he doesn’t have a particularly close friendship with Gareth Bale of Karim Benzema, will be acutely aware that the only way to prove the doubters wrong will be to score at the Stadio Olimpico this week.
But that could be easier said than done for the Portuguese superstar.
Roma head into the match off the back of four consecutive Serie A victories and are unbeaten at home since December.
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