"Cristiano is a phenomenon and it's hard to understand the way he is treated. Treating a phenomenon so badly makes me think that the [league] is not being protected. He belongs to the league and to the fans, who can watch him every (weekend). He puts on a show and he doesn’t get protection from the stadiums, from fans, opponents and referees. Even so, he scored another goal today that was one of the best in his collection."
-- Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho on his star attacker Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored his league-leading 18th goal of the La Liga season with a 3-1 win at Real Zaragoza on Sunday. (Reuters)