Cristiano Ronaldo hailed an important victory for Real Madrid after his goal helped Jose Mourinho’s side to come from behind and see off Manchester City 3-2 at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Ronaldo, 27, hit a last-minute winner in his first appearance at the Bernabeu since his “non-celebration” of goals during the 3-0 La Liga win over Granada earlier this month, after which he had spoken of his professional “sadness”.
Speaking to reporters after the victory over the Premier League champions, Ronaldo said he was happy to have scored the winner, for himself, his team-mates and Real’s fans.
“The team needed to win,” he said. “It was important to score, if not me then someone else. It was important and nice. For this I am happy, for the team and the fans who believed in us from the first minute.
“We showed what Real Madrid is, we ran from the first to the last minute and we deserved to win.”
Ronaldo did not take back his earlier comments however, suggesting that the reasons for his professional unhappiness – whatever they are – had yet to be resolved.
“Everybody has the right to be sad,” he said. “Have you never been unhappy? I also have the right to feel that way, it is normal.
“Tonight it is important that people are happy, the fans and not only the team. The team won, we are good, we began the Champions League well, nothing else is important. [But] I am not sorry for what I said.”