Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he remains at the peak of his game, even as he claims that jealousy is the only reason anyone would not be happy for his third Champions League triumph.
The three-time world footballer of the year failed to hit the heights Real Madrid – who paraded the trophy at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night – have become accustomed to during an attritional Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in the San Siro, but still had the final kick of the game.
Ronaldo was poor for much of the 120 minutes, missing a clear-cut headed chance as well as a one-on-one, but took responsibility of converting the match-winning penalty in the shootout and afterwards rejected suggestions that his age, 31, may be creeping up on him.
He said: “This season I was the No 1 in the team, again, for most minutes. I have more than 4,000. That means a lot to me. It means I am still good, I still feel good physically, mentally. I was the top scorer in this competition again (with 16 goals).
“If you ask me if I feel tired now, of course, I have a lot of minutes in the legs. But I am still there, I am always there. I showed the team I am there for the good moments and bad moments. This is what makes me feel proud.
“My performance (in the final) is maybe not the best one but who played unbelievable? No one. So it’s tough, it’s the end of the season, you don’t have power in the legs that you have in the beginning of the season, but I did my best. I ran and we won. That is the most important.
“Only the jealous don’t feel that,” he said. “But I don’t care about that. I always keep the people who love me. So this Champions League is for them, the guys who support me all the time, my fans in Portugal and around the world.”