Cristiano Ronaldo explains why he stormed down the tunnel against Everton

Cristiano Ronaldo has defended his decision to storm down the tunnel following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton earlier this month, insisting he will not change how he reacts to setbacks.

The 36-year-old talismanic figure was surprisingly benched by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the fixture before the international break, prompting widespread criticism aimed at the Norwegian boss.

Andros Townsend finished off a quick breakaway attack to level up the scores after Anthony Martial’s opener in the first half, and though Ronaldo came on as a substitute in the second period, he wasn’t able to alter the course of the game.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was visibly frustrated at the full-time whistle and went straight down the tunnel, seemingly muttering words to himself.

But the former Real Madrid and Juventus striker Ronaldo admitted that the draw with Everton felt like a defeat as he vowed not to change his ways.

‘I don’t like to lose, draw. For me it’s a loss to draw with Everton at home,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘Maybe I am thinking wrong but this is the way I motivate myself and win things during my career and I play for the most important clubs in the world.

‘The criticism will always exist here, I’m not hiding from that. To be honest, I really don’t care about that because I know football is like that.

‘When we lose, my reactions are what I feel in that moment. Sometimes I speak to myself, most of the time it’s very positive but sometimes, dependent on the game, maybe I say things you don’t agree with.

‘But I’ve always been like that, I’m not going to change that now with my age. I always will give 100 per cent for this club, my reactions are part of what I am, I don’t want to hurt anybody – it’s me.

‘I respect the other players that do it kind of the same because they feel that they don’t like to lose.

‘But I know the eyes will always be different on me because of what I am, what I achieved, what I win, they don’t want to give me credit for the good things, they are always going to find bad things.

‘But for me it’s not a problem, life is a constant lesson.’

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