CHELSEA star Alvaro Morata has hit back at his critics in England after revealing the truth on his odd goal celebration against Vidi.
The Blues striker has had a tough time this season and has netted just three times in 11 appearances.
It has led to the Spaniard losing his first-team place to Olivier Giroud, who was described by Eden Hazard as “the best target man in the world”.
Morata’s poor showings have followed on from last season where he managed just one Premier League goal after New Year’s Day.
However, he has started to work his way back into the team after scoring in back-to-back games against Vidi and Southampton.
One thing that was strikingly odd about his goal against Vidi in the Europa League was his goal celebration, or lack of one.
Instead of rushing off in a frenzy after breaking a goal drought that stretched back to August, he looked forlorn and glum as he trudged back to his own half being engulfed by his team-mates.
Some reported that he had even shed tears as he walked off – but Morata has now hit back at his critics.
He said: “I looked sad celebrating the goal, and the truth is that I don’t have to be happy to score against a team that is worse than mine.
“In fact, I should have scored more goals that day, and that is why I was unhappy. But I was not crying, as they said in England.
“In England, the people always try to talk about these things, and the reality is that they expect more from me than from other players.”
Morata has earned himself a recall to the Spain side and is line to start against England tonight.
But the former Real Madrid star seemed to hint that all is not well in his world.
He added: “A footballer can have even more problems than other people. Sometimes money and fame can become a problem too.
“Lots of people think that we are privileged and have the best life, but money can create problems with family and friends and that has happened to me.
“Money does help, of course, but it can take many things away from you too.
“The life of a footballer is not like people see in Instagram. Sometimes you are sad and post a picture in which you look happy, but that does not mean you are happy!
“At the end of the day social media is something that helps you earn more money, get more advertising deals.”