Ronaldo: I have cut out the theatrics

Ronaldo told the Daily Express: “I remember in the first year at United, I was criticised a lot for going to the floor too easily. That was an area of my game where I had to change quite fast.

“It was perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve learned in England. It’s a different type of game in Portugal, but the rules should be the same everywhere.

“If it’s a free-kick, the referee should give a free-kick. But here, referees choose to ignore fouls a lot of the time.

“The football is different here, with a different mentality and it’s not just the players who have grown up with it, but the referees too.

“But I’m not going to stop trying to beat defenders in England. I don’t think I should change. I have to be myself.”