Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he thrives on being hated by opposition fans.
The Real Madrid star says he does not mind being criticised as it only motivates him to improve even more.
He said being booed simply lifts him to new heights.
Ronaldo is often being accused of selfishness and arrogance, but he has made it clear that negative comments only help him get the best out of himself.
“I don’t mind people hating me, because it pushes me. When I go to play away, they are always against me, but it’s good,” Ronaldo told The Times.
“You have to see the good things from the haters. I need the enemy. It is part of the business. They start screaming when I touch the ball. It had started already when I was 18 or 19. It is not a problem for me. It is a motivation.
“I am not the humblest person in the world, I admit that. I am not fake.
“But in one way I am very humble. I like to learn, I want to learn from other sports, the best athletes. What are they doing? You can improve on this, on that. I think it is interesting. A person who is like that, they are humble – because they like to learn.”