It was a decisive moment that many heroes had fallen before when they got there. The game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes of football.
Madrid had converted 4 kicks and Juanfrans missed one for Atletico. Cristiano Rolnaldo stepped forward with one thing on his mind, that there are millions of his fans who will rue or revel in his action or inaction.
Such an awesome occasion and he decided put his critics off his mind or decided to show them. Bang! He scores and listen to him: “I don’t care about that. I always keep the people who love me [close]. So this Champions League is for them, the guys who support me all the time, my fans in Portugal and around the world.”
He deservedly said: “After this I have more than 4,000 minutes on the pitch this season. I was number one in the team again, for most minutes. That means a lot to me. It means I am still good, I still feel good physically, mentally. If you ask me if I feel tired, of course. I have a lot of minutes in the legs, but I am still there, I am always there.”
He told his critics: “I showed the team I am there for the good moments and bad moments. This is what makes me feel proud. For seven years now I’m scoring more than 50 goals every year, but I am always asking more from myself.”
He is an enigma and would hang around the neck of many defenders for a longtime.