Cristiano Ronaldo explained his subdued celebration after scoring in Real Madrid’s Champions League win over Sporting CP.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo spoke of his respect for Sporting CP and said it was why he was unable to celebrate his stunning free kick.
Ronaldo dragged the La Liga giants back into the game with his sublime 25-yard effort before Alvaro Morata scored a late winner in the 2-1 victory.
The 31-year-old was subdued in his celebration, highlighting the significance of Sporting in his career.
“It was against the team where I learned my trade,” Ronaldo said, via the club’s website. “The club has a place in my heart and I have a lot of respect for them. That’s why I couldn’t celebrate it.”
Bruno Cesar had put the visitors ahead at Santiago Bernabeu early in the second half of the Champions League clash. But Ronaldo’s goal and substitute Morata’s late winner saw Zinedine Zidane’s men come away with victory in their Group F opener.
“We were a bit flat at the start, but such is football and such is Real Madrid and the comebacks are part of this mythical stadium,” Ronaldo said.
He added: “This game serves as a warning that we can’t be starting games so poorly, because teams will sweep the floor with us and we don’t want that. We want to finish top of the group and win.”