Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portugal captain and Juventus super star has made it clear that he has nothing again to prove, after crossing the 100 goals mark for his country.
The 35-year-old in the game which he was playing for the national team for the first time in 2020, as they beat Sweden on Tuesday.
Ronaldo was not part of the match when his country defeated Croatia by 4-1 because of injury concerns, leading to suggestions that Portugal might be better without him.
But in Portugal’s game with Sweden in the UEFA Nations League, Ronaldo’s brace secured a 2-0 victory for his country.
The two goals made it the 100th and 101st international goals for Ronaldo.
Speaking to reporters afterwards, he said: “I didn’t follow the comments. It’s an opinion.
“I knew I had left a mark at this stadium and I knew that, if I played, I would leave a mark again. I don’t care about provocations.
“What I have done in my career speaks for itself. No, I have to prove nothing to anyone, and when I have to prove it, I show it on the pitch.”