Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at his critics and claimed “goals are in my DNA” after he blasted his 35th career hat-trick on Tuesday night.
The 31-year-old scored twice in the space of 88 first-half seconds before securing a 3-2 aggregate victory over Wolfsburg with a 77th-minute free-kick to send Real Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals.
Ronaldo tapped home the opener, headed in a second before capping a fine display with a low free-kick to send Real into the last four for the sixth consecutive season. It was a marked improvement on the Portugal forward’s display in Germany a week earlier and afterwards he hit back at his detractors who have criticised him for not performing in the big games.
“Considering this has been a ‘bad’ season for me it has not been that bad,” said Ronaldo.
“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.
“It was not the best, but one of my best, European nights. It’s not bad is it? Goals are in my DNA and I want to keep scoring them for the team.”
Ronaldo has now scored 46 goals in all competitions this season and is top scorer with 16 goals in the Champions League and 30 in La Liga,