Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has explained that although he was ready for the season in August, there was something that threw his momentum off.
The Portuguese has been criticised for his unusually quiet start to the league campaign, but he has now revealed that he feels his sending-off in the Spanish Super Cup against FC Barcelona in August harmed his momentum going into the new season as he missed the first four league matches of the campaign.
"I was really, really motivated to start the season," Ronaldo told L'Equipe.
"But when some people deprive you of going on the pitch, of expression... The way in which it happened disappointed me.
"What happened was a huge mistake by the referee."
Ronaldo also bemoaned the criticism he has received in recent weeks, but understands that, as a goalscorer, fans expect goals from him.
"Things are going to change, I am not worried," he added.
"I don't agree with what people are saying about me. People don't know the difference between playing well, playing OK and not scoring goals.
"I'm looked at as a goal machine, like a guy who has to score all the time. If that isn't the case, nobody cares if I've played well or not, I'm only judged on scoring.
"I accept the criticism, but I don't agree with it. That's why I avoid reading or hearing what is said about me. But I have no choice but to accept it; I can't control the world."
Ronaldo has scored one goal and assisted two further strikes in eight La Liga games this season.
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