Cristiano Ronaldo was so incensed with a question about his away form this season that he grabbed his jacket and walked out of the press conference. A man with his media experience would have known what a storm it would have created, but he did it anyway.
But that was yesterday. Today, he answered those same critics in the best way possible, scoring a superb goal in Real Madrid's Champions League round of 16 against AS Roma. Yes, it was away from home as well.
The Portuguese, who turned 31 earlier this month, gave Real Madrid a 1-0 lead with the strike and reached a number of milestones in the process. It was his 12th Champions League goal of the season and his 89th overall. 44 of those goals have come in away games, which is nine more than the next best record, held by Leo Messi on 35.
He also became the first player to score 40 goals in the knockout rounds of the competition and the first player to score in 60 Champions League games. Needless to say, Ronaldo is back to his best. And who does he thank? Well, judging by his celebration, it may have something to do with Zinedine Zidane.
Ronaldo ran straight to the Real Madrid head coach after his goal. Can you imagine him doing that with Rafa Benitez? The answer is no. No you can not.
Jese then added to Real Madrid's lead to put them in a commanding position going into the second leg.
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