Cape Town - Gareth
Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo gave their critics something to chew on with
goals in Tuesday's Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.
The Welshman opened the scoring at Signal-Iduna-Park with a cracking
volley, before the Portuguese star added two more in the second half to
wrap up a 3-1 win.
"We had never won here before and this is a significant result," said
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. "I'm delighted for Bale and Cristiano
Both players have faced criticism from the fans this season, with
Bale booed by the Madrid faithful while Ronaldo has not been as prolific
as usual in La Liga, and admitted that "the criticism is getting
"I hope that there are more turning points like tonight's, but Gareth
is now on really good form," Zidane said of Bale. "He hasn't had it
easy and I'm delighted for him.
"Getting a goal like that is fantastic for him. This game will have
done wonders for him and if you give him the space he's lethal, he's
just so good."
Meanwhile, Ronaldo says he is growing tired of the fickle Madrid
fans, telling Atresmedia that "it seems that I have to keep showing
exactly who I am in every match".
"I am surprised by what the public thinks of me," Ronaldo said. "My
numbers speak for themselves, I am an exemplary professional and I
always have a clear mind.
"Before the game we spoke about how much we wanted to win in
Dortmund. We did what the coach told us, the team has been phenomenal,
creating opportunities and it isn't easy to score three goals here. We