Hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo hits back at critics after leading Real Madrid’s fightback against Wolfsburg in quarter-final tie
Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo revelled in the glory of scoring a hat-trick to inspire a stunning Real Madrid comeback to reach the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
Cristiano 3 - Wolfsburg 0: Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo (extreme right) celebrates his goal with teammates during their quarters match against Wolfsburg at Madrid on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
The Spanish giants made amends for their shock 2-0 defeat in Germany six days ago as Ronaldo struck twice in just over 60 seconds early on before sealing the comeback with a trademark free-kick 13 minutes from time for a 3-0 victory on the night.
"It had to be a magical night and it was. It was the perfect game in the end," said Ronaldo. "We had to be patient for an hour but it was the perfect night in the end."
"Goals are in my DNA and I want to keep scoring them for the team," he added.
However, Ronaldo received criticism earlier in the campaign for not performing in Real’s biggest games.
"Considering this has been a bad season for me it has not been that bad. People can criticise me, but I just keep on going and the numbers are there for all to see. I am very happy and with a month left of the season I can get even better."
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hailed the comeback as the "best night" of his fledgling coaching career. "It has been my greatest thrill as a coach. It was not simple — it might seem it was when you see the score but it was not. It is incredible after a 2-0 in the first leg. The players have played amazing. It’s my best night as a coach so far."