Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was left irritated after he was singled out for a doping test after his side’s 0-0 draw with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

Ronaldo was not pleased at being singled out and reportedly said “Siempre yo (Always me).” The comments of Ronaldo indicate that the Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team is tested on a regular basis. Given his high level of consistent performances, this is probably not a big surprise.

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In the past, Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi, an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team, also expressed his dissatisfaction with the amount of testing he has to do compared to his peers. In December 2014, the director of Spain’s anti-doping agency remarked there was nothing out of the ordinary about the “double testing” of Messi when the footballer was asked to give both blood and urine samples when the testers visited the training ground of Barca. Messi complained via social media about being regularly singled out for attention.

The director of Spain’s anti-doping agency says there was nothing out of the ordinary about the “double testing” of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Messi was asked to give both blood and urine samples when the testers visited Barca’s training ground on Monday morning, and the Argentina captain then appeared to complain via social media about being regularly singled out for attention.

Enrique Gomez Bastida, the Spanish government-appointed director of the Agencia Espanola Antidopaje, said nobody should have been left surprised about what happened as all clubs have already been briefed on the procedures at the beginning of the season. Gomez Bastida also remarked we had a meeting beforehand with all team sports to explain how the doping controls were going to work this season and also commented that we explained the new parameters so there would be no surprises later, so they would know the surprise [out of competition] controls would be part of the routine. Bastida also said individual players may be specifically selected to undergo a test should there be some “objective” reason to do so. He said if someone at a specific point has played and stood out in every game, there could be an objective statistic that would lead to a control being carried out and also remarked that could be, for example, on Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo and also said but we also understand that the stars are more protected than others, and it might be more noticeable when it is a player from a smaller team.

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