Gareth Bale insists he has nothing to prove to anybody after playing a starring role in a vital victory for Wales in Saturday’s European Qualifier in Israel.
The Real Madrid man came into the match under scrutiny, having been criticized for his recent club form by Real supporters and the Spanish media.
His car was attacked by fans after last week’s 2-1 loss to Barcelona, but he responded with a fantastic performance in Haifa, setting up Aaron Ramsey’s opener and then scoring twice in the second-half.
"I don’t need to answer the critics," Bale said after the match.
"I know, and everyone around me knows, what I can do.
"There are ups and downs in football. You have to take it with a pinch of salt and all you can do is respond with your performances on the pitch, like that.
"I don’t feel I need to prove anyone wrong or right, I just need to play my football.
"I love playing for Wales. It’s a big honor and the most important thing is I focus on my football and I don’t listen to anyone else.