World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo happy to help Portugal through
Cristiano Ronaldo insisted Portugal were worthy of their place in the World Cup finals after beating Sweden.
Last Updated: 20/11/13 8:57am
Ronaldo scored all four goals for his country over the two legs as they won 4-2 on aggregate after a 3-2 victory in Solna on Tuesday, courtesy of the Real Madrid star's hat-trick.
"We were better in the first and the second game, I'm happy to once again have helped the team to win," said Ronaldo.
"I think we deserved it 100 percent."
Ronaldo insisted his celebrations were not aimed at FIFA president Sepp Blatter following recent comments he made about the Real ace.
"I don't have to respond to anyone, my answers are given on the pitch," he said.
Reports have claimed that the Ballon d'Or voting - which was due to end last week - has now been extended to the end of November, meaning Ronaldo's performance on Tuesday could help him to the world title.
But he insists that is not something he is thinking about, adding: "I do not live my life obsessed with titles and do not have to show anything to anyone, because I have shown my worth, I've done 40/50 goals every season and it is not within the reach of anyone. I know what I am."
On the game in Solna, Ronaldo admits there were some nerves when Sweden took the lead on the night thanks to a brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
"We let Sweden grow in confidence and we retreated and suffered but that's part of the spectacle of football. We reacted well and we ended up winning," he admitted.
"I do not compete against Zlatan, he is a fantastic player and biggest star in Sweden, but I do not compete against him. I play for my team."
Ronaldo is now on target to become Portugal's top scorer of all time after levelling Pauleta's 47-mark.
"I always said that the records are to be beaten, but I was not thinking about it, I was just focused on winning this game.
"We are now equal and we will see what happens in the future."