Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo has defended Ronaldo after the striker was booed by fans during his side’s 3-1 victory at home to Real Betis on Wednesday.

“The people that jeered him today will be cheering him tomorrow,” Luxemburgo told a news conference after the match.

“He worked hard, fought, went in search of the goal and tried everything, but sometimes in football no matter how hard you try, the ball won’t go in the net.”

Ronaldo has come under fire for arriving late for training after his recent Valentine’s Day engagement celebrations in Paris.

“I was very satisfied with his work out on the pitch and saw no reason to substitute him,” Luxemburgo added.

“The important thing is that he keeps on working and that way he will win over the fans again.

“Ronaldo has got a lot of experience and knows that if he gets two goals in the next game, the fans will applaud him and everything will be forgotten.”

Ronaldo is the club’s leading scorer with 11 goals, two more than Michael Owen, who made a rare start last night and opened the scoring for Real.

The victory over Betis allowed Real to close the gap on leaders Barcelona to six points at the top of the table.