Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo has filmed and released a video slamming the press for the treatment he receives from them and thanking his fans for sticking with him through what he described as a “tough year”.
Since picking up the Ballon d’Or earlier in the year, he saw his Real Madrid side slump to finish the season empty handed, which coincided with a resurgence in form from arch-rival Lionel Messi.
This was also compounded by his very high profile breakup with model girlfriend, Irina Shayk – which will no doubt now be made worse with news that she allegedly engaged in a romantic relationship with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Speaking on holiday with his son, he thanked the fans for standing by him while he faced such adverse circumstances.
He also took a swipe at the press for their intense criticism and speculation of his personal life.
See the full video below.