London, Dec.2 : Portuguese and Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the level of scrutiny he is often subjected to, can get irritating at times.
"I have come to understand that every movement I make, on or off the pitch, is analysed to death. If I don't celebrate goals, it is because I am sad. If I talk to the public, it is because I have lost my humility. My slightest gesture gets every type of criticism," the Sun quoted Ronaldo, as saying. "People are always waiting for me to do something and they just pick on what are absolutely normal and unimportant things to criticise. They analyse things that have nothing unusual about them through a magnifying glass," he added. Ronaldo also described himself as "humble, respectful, a man who works hard, is ambitious and is a perfectionist". "Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to be the same as he always was, regardless of what happens on and off the pitch. But as my friends say, and as people who know me well say, they only criticise the best. So what else can I say? Just that I am damned if I do and damned if I don't," he said.
Story first published: Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 10:05 [IST]